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CVFM @ HI + Communal Environment = Health
A regimen of , constantly varied (CV), functional movement (FM) performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment leads to health and fitness.
CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.
CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective
What is CrossFit?
It's a Way of Life
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CrossFit is not easy and it’s not simple. To be fit and physically competent to handle all of the challenges in life is no small endeavor.
As you work to become a fitter and healthier person, you will need to learn about:
- Movement – How to move safely and effectively.
- Fitness – What it means to be fit. Its definition, the supporting theories, and how to go about attaining it in real life.
- Nutrition – Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat.
Education is a big part of CrossFit. When you start, you are not expected to have the knowledge you need.
CrossFit is an education about movement, fitness, nutrition and community. All of these things require responsibility, common sense, and work to educate oneself using all the tools available in the community.
Fitness in 100 words
CrossFit Whiteboard - Constantly Varied
CrossFit Whiteboard - Functional Movement
CrossFit Whiteboard - Intensity
Want to learn more? … we recommend reading some of original introductory articles from the CrossFit Journal
CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. Meaningful statements about safety, efficacy and efficiency — the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program — can be supported only by measurable, observable, and repeatable facts, (i.e., data). The CrossFit methodology depends on full disclosure of methods, results and criticism, and we’ve employed the Internet as our primary means to support these values. Our charter is open source, making co-developers out of participating coaches, athletes and trainers through a spontaneous and collaborative online community. CrossFit is empirically driven, clinically tested and community developed. We offer the world’s most useful definition of fitness: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Capacity is the ability to do real work, which is measurable using the basic terms of physics (force, distance and time). Life is unpredictable (much more so than sport) so real world fitness must be broad and not specialized, both in terms of duration and type of effort (time and modal domains).
The magic is in the movements. All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on functional movements. These are the core movements of life, found everywhere, and built naturally into our DNA. They move the largest loads the longest distances so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time (intensity). By employing a constantly-varied approach to training, these functional movements at maximum intensity (relative to the physical and psychological tolerances of the participant), lead to dramatic gains in fitness. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work/time. The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort.
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Who is the fittest? How do you know? Since 2007, the CrossFit Games have evolved to answer these questions. The CrossFit Games is the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. The CrossFit Games Season has three stages: the Open, the Regional competitions, and the Games. First, the online Open invites anyone in the world to prove their fitness. This is the world’s most inclusive sporting event. In March and April of 2014, more than 138,000 people worldwide competed in five workouts over five weeks. Second, the top athletes from each region advanced to live competition. In 17 Regional competitions, 1,500 men and women competed for fewer than 100 berths to the finals. Only the very best would advance to the final stage, the CrossFit Games, which takes place each summer in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Games change every year, and the details are often not announced until right before each event. Athletes train year-round for a competition that is almost completely a mystery. When they reach the StubHub Center, they put their training and mental fortitude to the test and take on a rigorous, broad-ranging test of overall physical capacity. At the end of the Games, the Fittest on Earth have clearly distinguished themselves.
What is the sport of fitness?
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In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means. The late Col. Jeff Cooper observed, “the fear of sporting failure is worse than the fear of death.” It is our observation that men will die for points. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output, but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.
While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. Our hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.