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CrossFit definition

It's a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness through varied and challenging workouts.

Each day, the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing ...

Scalable based on your skill

Every day there is a particular workout prescribed that is completely scalable based on your skill. For example, if the workout calls for barbell squats with 135 pounds but you can only do squats with the bar (45 pounds), then that’s where you’ll start.

  • Beginners to weight training: If you have never weight trained before, CrossFit is a great place for you to start, provided you have a great coach.
  • People looking for support and community: Every CrossFit gym has a really tight-knit community feel to it.
  • Fitn...

Less beneficial for...

  • Specialists: CrossFit prides itself on not specializing.
  • Sport-specific athletes:  CrossFit won’t improve your specific sport skills unless you are training for those specific sport skills.
  • Solo trainers: CrossFit is group training, which means you won’t ...

CrossFit can be dangerous

  • You’re often told to complete a number of strength training or endurance exercises as fast as possible. It’s really easy to sacrifice form in exchange for finishing the workout quicker if you don’t have somebody spotting you.
  • It attracts folks who push themselves so hard th...

CrossFit Classes

The usual structure:

  • Introduction class: Usually there’s a quick overview, then a basic bodyweight movement workout, and then they talk to you about joining.
  • On Ramp/Elements: The purpose of these is to teach you the 9 foundational movements of CrossFit and all ab...

Most CrossFit gyms will split their classes into 3-4 sections:

  • Dynamic warm-up: Functional movements, stretches, and mobility work that compliment the movements you’ll be doing in the workout that day.
  • Skill/Strength work. 
  • WOD – the workout of the day:...

Find a CrossFit Gym

Breakdown of what you may see from coaches:

  • CrossFit Level 1 – an ANSI-accredited certification. The person attended a weekend-long course and passed the exam.
  • CrossFit Level 2 – It involves far more in-depth training in coaching.
  • Certified CrossFit Lev...

CrossFit at Home

Every day, CrossFit.com posts the workout of the day (WOD) free of charge to anybody that is interested in doing them.

You can follow along at home or in your office gym, provided you have the right equipment.

CrossFit Benefits

  1. GREAT community aspect. 
  2. Constant coaching and support
  3. If you don’t show up, not only do people notice, but they call you and ask where you’ve been. 
  4. Leveling up. You get to see constant improvem...

  • Not great for specialization.
  • Lack of consistency. You rarely do the same workout twice.
  • Odd programming.
  • Price. CrossFit boxes can be two or three times the monthly cost of a commercial gym.
  • ...
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