Okay I am going to use this space to define what crossfit is for people. So that it may help people who stop by understand what crossfit is.
Here is a description taken from wikipedia that I feel is pretty good at getting to the core of things.
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CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness methodology, aimed at creating the quintessential athlete, "equal parts gymnast, Olympic weightlifter and sprinter." CrossFit promotes broad and general overall physical fitness. CrossFit features varied workout programs based on functional movement performed at high intensity. Workouts are brief (often 20 minutes or less) and do not use exercise machines.
CrossFit maintains that proficiency is required in each of 10 fitness domains:
- Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
CrossFit uses equipment such as:
- Free weights
- Gymnastics rings
- Pull-up bars
- Calisthenics exercises.
CrossFit may call on athletes to skip, run, row, climb ropes, jump up on boxes, flip giant tires, and carry odd objects. They can also squat and explode up to bounce medicine balls against walls.
CrossFit workouts typically call for athletes to work hard and fast, often with no rest. Many CrossFit gyms use scoring and ranking systems, transforming workouts into sport. CrossFit publishes its own journal and certifies its own trainers. Many CrossFit athletes and trainers see themselves as part of a contrarian insurgent movement that questions conventional fitness wisdom.
Some fitness professionals say Crossfit workouts require so much technique and intensity that participants risk injury. CrossFit responds by citing an essential element of its methodology: workouts should always be individually scaled and varied. Critics also fault CrossFit's high drop out rate (up to 80% at Glassman's Santa Cruz gym). CrossFit responds that its high intensity and competitive atmosphere are not for everyone. CrossFit says the drop out rate is also high at conventional gyms -- where many clients rely on machines, record few performance gains
, and pay in advance for annual memberships they quickly abandon.
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Here are also some links to articles from crossfit about the systems approach.
What is Fitness