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Crossfit: What is All the Fuss About?

While Crossfit has been around for more than 30 years, the training style is still relatively unknown and underutilized. Applied by police academies, military special operations units, mountain bike riders, housewives and elderly, alike, Crossfit is designed as a one-type-fits-all workout, regardless of the individual. Greg Glassman, former gymnast and creator of Crossfit explains, on the Crossfit website, that people’s needs differ by degree not type; therefore the workout itself does not change just the load and intensity. Crossfit is not a fad, but a scientifically proven form of training which aims to create the ‘quintessential athlete’ by building whole-body functional fitness. This method of training simultaneously works to build 10 recognised fitness domains:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Accuracy

Crossfit incorporates weight training, gymnastics, running, jumping, climbing, kettle bell training or any other functional exercise you can create. Training is constantly varied, which prepares the body for better fitness as it does not focus on any one style of exercise for too long. Given that Crossfit training is so diverse and performed at such a high intensity, it is extremely efficient and therefore many Crossfit routines are based on programs timed to 20 minutes or less.

If you are interested to find out more about Crossfit please ask the staff next time you are in.

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