What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity.

In short, this means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.

Constant variation means changing your workout every time. For true fitness, routine is the enemy. The more consistent your routine is, the less prepared you’ll be for the unexpected. What will life demand of you tomorrow? No one knows. Your training should reflect that. CrossFit consistently mixes weight training, gymnastics drills and endurance conditioning in as many combinations as possible, which results in the fitness that keeps you ready for anything in the real world.

Functional movements are what prepare you for life. Squatting, running, jumping, throwing, pulling, picking things up, all pre-date gyms by thousands of years. They weren’t invented by anyone and they’re found everywhere. This is what our bodies were meant to do. It’s part of our DNA. CrossFit workouts use functional movements because they’re so much more effective for life outside the gym.

Intensity is a measurement of physics, not opinion. It’s a key element of fitness. Intensity is measured by how fast you get real work done. Casual jogging is easy and low intensity. Racing as fast as you can is harder and high intensity. Work is force times distance. Average power is work divided by time. The more work you do in less time, the higher the average power and the harder it is. This is real intensity. Not how loud you run or how red your face gets. And this kind of intensity brings the best. 

The beauty of our sport is that we are all in it together, motivating one another. It’s a sport where the person last to finish the workout receives more high fives than the person first to finish.

We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit® philosophy and methodology at www.crossfit.com

The very first thing you will discover is that CrossFit Formidable does not discriminate. Whether you are 50 years old, or have just completed your 50th marathon, are recovering from injury or healing a broken heart, whether walking the dog is the only exercise you’ve had in years, or you’re someone training for the Iditarod or a powerlifting meet…CrossFit will help you achieve your fitness goals.

One of the things that makes CrossFit so unique is our community of people from literally every walk of life: stay-at-home parents, elite athletes, students, CEOs, members of the armed services, firefighters, you name it. CrossFit bodies – our bodies – come in every imaginable size, shape and age; and yet, our workouts every day, are designed for anyone to do them.

Yes, anyone.

“Scalability” is a word that you will hear frequently here at CrossFit Formidable. During each class, everyone does the same workout, but that workout will always have several scaling options. This makes it possible for all of us – with our different body types, personal goals and levels of ability – to work alongside one another safely. We motivate one another, cheer one another on, and sometimes participate in some healthy competition. But, ultimately, every workout is yours alone. Your workout = your pace.

To truly understand you just have to jump in and give it a try.

(courtesy of CrossFit Inc.)

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