CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program with the goal of optimizing physical competence. The fundamental s of CrossFit is to utilize a program that improves an individual’s ability at all physical tasks. This is accomplished by creating a program that is comprised of purely Functional Movements that are High Intensity and are Constantly Varied.
Functional Movements: These are multi-joint, muscle and nerve movements that are natural and are performed in everyday life; effective and efficient movement of the body and movement of objects. Functional movements include picking things up off the floor, like a baby or a box, sitting down and standing up; walking; running; twisting; bending; getting in and out of bed, etc.
High Intensity: Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Intensity as the magnitude of force or energy in a given amount of time. Simply put, getting more work done in less time or more work done in a set amount of time. The level of intensity can be increased by increasing the load or distance in a given amount of time. Intensity is relative to the ability of the individual and is scaled to suit.
Constantly Varied: Programs are created so that movements, duration of workouts and frequency of the workout is always different so that the individual is constantly being challenged.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
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