What is CrossFit?

Varied. Functional. Intense. Measurable. Scalable. Results. Fast. Fun.

CrossFit is a blend of gymnastics, weightlifting, and mono-structural endurance, it does not specialize. It will never plateau. It is fun, creative, and, most importantly, it works. It will teach you how to do common things uncommonly well, while developing a base of strength and stamina on which you can build an active lifestyle…a community that you want to be a part of.- CrossFit Journal

CrossFit started as a maverick gym in Santa Cruz, California in 1998.  The founder, Greg Glassman posted his short, intense workouts on a blog every day (the “workout of the day” or, WOD) and encouraged his readers – mostly garage-gym enthusiasts – to post their results in the comments.   CrossFit.com workouts are still posted daily, free for everyone, and followed religiously by many.    The method attracts a lot of media attention (including many detractors) primarily because most workouts are only 10 – 15 minutes long, yet yield amazing fitness results in a short period of time.

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CrossFit delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. CrossFit’s specialty is not specializing.  Daily life, like many sports and professions, (and even combat) requires broad levels of fitness.  CrossFit’s program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.  You do NOT need to be ‘in-shape’ to begin CrossFit.  “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. ”  – Greg Glassman.

CrossFit workouts are comprised of functional movements – we squat, jump, run, throw and lift – and are constantly varied (workouts change every day) and are executed at high intensity.   You’ll work hard, though not long, and you’ll achieve a level of fitness you never thought possible – no matter your fitness experience or athletic background.  CrossFit works for EVERYbody!

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, CrossFit is an amazing community of like-minded, positive people with a common goal: to live a healthier more fit life.  And, it is the CrossFit community that will keep you focused on your goals, working harder than thought you could and coming back when you want to quit.  Whether you CrossFit in your garage in Clayton or at an affiliate in Hong Kong, the workouts are the same for everyone – and so are the results.

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For more information on CrossFit, here are some must-read articles:

 

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