Blog 3: What Is CrossFit?
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about “Why” you CrossFit. Now, it’s time to discover “what “ CrossFit really is.
The CrossFit Formula is simply stated like this: Elite Fitness achieved through Constantly Varied, Functional Movements Performed at a relatively High Intensity… in a “Communal Environment.”
CVFM @ HI + Communal Environment = Health & Fitness
Without any of these variables, CrossFit would not be what it is today, and most importantly, without the community, it is dry and boring. The community is what pushes you forward and challenges your strengths and weaknesses. It makes you better because others around you are striving to be better.
Coming to the gym and working out is important, but it is only half the battle. The CrossFit Pyramid below shows that first and foremost, you start with nutrition; then, you move to metabolic conditioning; next, gymnastics skills, or “body control;” then, weightlifting; and finally, the sport of CrossFit, “Compete”. If your nutrition isn’t on lockdown, then the pyramid has no foundation.
Any true form of fitness can always be tested. Coach Greg Glassman gave us 10 key parameters of testing for fitness:
- Strength – The ability to produce and apply force, regardless of time.
- Endurance – The ability of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of the body to effectively transport oxygen to muscles within the body.
- Stamina – The ability of the muscles in the body to withstand sustained efforts without fatiguing.
- Flexibility – The ability of each joint in the body to move through its full, healthy range of motion without restriction.
- Speed – The ability to move from point A to point B in the shortest time possible.
- Power – The ability to do the highest amount of work in the least amount of time.
- Balance – The ability to NOT fall. Sounds simple – This isn’t always the case.
- Accuracy – The ability to replicate movement in a way that allows for effective placement of self or external objects.
- Agility – The ability to change direction quickly.
- Coordination – The ability to merge multiple movement patterns together in order to complete a task.
Every CrossFitter should be well educated on these 10 key parameters as well as on the CrossFit Pyramid. The pyramid helps us see where we fall short when tested in certain areas. You cannot have one without the other. I hope this gives you a little more understanding of what CrossFit is on the most basic level possible.
Reference Guide: CrossFit.com
Link to a video on CrossFit,: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=what+is+CrossFit