What Exactly Is CrossFit?
Published on August 21st, 2013
You’ve heard the rumors. You may have seen the insane workouts on YouTube. So what exactly is CrossFit?
CrossFit is best described as an extremely effective (and time efficient) high-intensity strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, body weight movements, a bit of yoga and more. It is designed to deliver fitness that is intentionally broad, general, and all inclusive. CrossFit, whose official brand motto is Forging Elite Fitness, has been rapidly growing in popularity since 2000. With an estimated 6,000 individual affiliates around the world, CrossFit offers an edge with competitive pricing and a warm welcome for its potential members.
CrossFit, unlike working with a personal trainer for example, is a lifestyle. CrossFit coaches are not mere bootcamp instructors who stand around and bark out orders for you to follow – they work together with you to build strength and endurance. The end result? You become fitter, your quality of life improves, and so does your confidence. Dependency is the last thing a CrossFit coach would want for their clients. Compare a CrossFit membership to working with a regular ole’ personal trainer – a session with a personal trainer would run you $50 per hour minimum. At a CrossFit class, you are paying anywhere from $10-15 per class while receiving top notch instruction from CrossFit trainers – all while enjoying the perks of having a small community to rally you through your workout. The people next to you are essentially your gym buddies. No matter how what you’re lifting, or how fast (or slow) you’re running, there will always be someone by your side cheering you on.
“One of our slogans is No Gym Rat Attitudes Here,” says Doug Piller, 36, owner of CrossFit Go Time. “I don’t want anyone to be put off by CrossFit’s aggressive reputation. CrossFit Games athletes may perform grueling workouts for the crowds, but I can assure you that CrossFit members come in all ages, shapes and sizes – and all of our workouts are scalable, even for those who have never worked out before.”
CrossFit gyms avoid using machines, because quite frankly, one does not need to use a thousand dollar machine with TV’s and built-in fans in order to get fit. The best tools are the simplest ones: CrossFit classes use barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, plyo boxes, ropes, pull-up bars, gymnastic rings, medicine balls, and many more.
Tire Flips: A CrossFit staple.
“I’ll be honest when I say that no one has fun while the clock is ticking. A typical CrossFit workout is only 8-15 minutes long. An effective workout is supposed to be challenging. Maximal effort is how you get results in a minimal amount of time,” says Coach Piller. “CrossFitters don’t stay in the program because the workouts are a cake walk. They stay for the camaraderie, the friendships, the encouragement and the sense of pride when they accomplish new personal records. That feeling you get when you confront a challenge head on and come out victorious at the other end.”
It’s summer in San Diego, and Scripps Ranch is about to get hotter – and fitter! CrossFit Go Time is a brand new CrossFit affiliate and has launched its outdoor classes at Scripps Ranch Recreation Center (11454 Blue Cypress Dr. San Diego, CA 92131). For more information about CrossFit Go Time, please visit their website at www.crossfitgotime.com.
Muscle-Ups: A more advanced CrossFit move.
Photo Credit: Chiga Imaging
Written by: Audrey H. of CrossFit Go Time