CrossFit is a broadly inclusive, functional fitness program that was designed by Greg Glassman (a former gymnast) to combine gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning into a single comprehensive fitness program aimed at maximizing a person’s general physical preparedness.
Workouts are typically short—30 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. We combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, flipping tires, weight lifting, carrying heavy objects, and many bodyweight exercises; equipment used includes barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettle bells, medicine balls, and boxes for box jumps. These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed “Workouts of the Day” or “WODs”.
Our hour-long classes typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked in Wodify to encourage the competition among members and to track individual progress. The aim of CrossFit is to physically prepare individuals for whatever life might throw at them. It is not about following a particular routine, but about constantly varying workouts.