CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, if not randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity. Man's world, nature, is full of movement. Our standing, sitting, throwing, lifting, pushing,pulling, climbing, running, and of course, punching are all quite natural. They got us where we are. They are part of our design.
These natural, primal, movements influence the exercises included in CrossFit's workouts. We use the term "functional" to describe the exercises utilizing movements most representative of natural movement.
CrossFit's vast clinical experience with functional movements strongly suggests that these movements are not only safe but also absolutely essential to health and fitness. 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.
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.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CROSSFIT & REGULAR GYMS
Other programs usually call for isolated muscle movements and CrossFit does not support these movements as they are not functional and you put yourself at risk for injury. Often the drive to the gym is 20-30 minutes coming and going, the music is annoying, the staff are less than knowledgeable, the place is packed with equipment for which we've no use and the few pieces of equipment that you want to use are in near constant use.
Your average neighbourhood health club or gym is predicated on low on skill staff supervising hapless members and let "Muscle and Fitness" provide the technical guidance. The predominant model in commercial facilities is the bodybuilding model: all machines and isolation work. Machines and isolation movements require little or no knowledgeable instruction or coaching whereas serious strength and conditioning requires less equipment and considerable expertise on the part of coaches.
If your goal is to improve your strength and overall fitness quicker and more intelligently than you have managed with any other programme, CrossFit is for you.
At a CrossFit gym you get what you pay for and what you pay for with CrossFit is small group classes, individualized attention and knowledgeable coaching. You get to know the people you work out with on a regular basis. No one puts in their ear buds and reads a magazine while walking on the treadmill. You get people that notice when you don't show up to the gym that day. You get people that cheer you on during the workout. You get people that cheer the loudest for the last one finished that day. You get to be with people that don't care that you were the last one done, but do care that you were better than yesterday. You get people that don't care how slow you were, but that you did every rep and finished even when you thought you couldn't. You get community. And that, my friends, is priceless.