CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity. CrossFit is a method designed to mimic a human’s natural movements through exercise. Our lives are based on movements that happen all day long; whether it is picking up your child, getting in and out of your car or helping a friend move. These are called “functional movements.” CrossFit is influenced by these movements and has set up a system to maximize the potential of our physical capacities as human beings. The programming of CrossFit is based on gymnastics, weightlifting and mono-structural movements. You will become stronger in all of these areas therefore making your potential to move your own body weight or external objects that much greater. Regardless of age, experience and fitness level, any individual can participate in CrossFit because the workouts are scaled to a person’s individual abilities.
A former gymnast Greg Glassman founded CrossFit®, Inc. in 2000. He found that the best way to achieve optimal fitness was not through specialization but rather through “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” In short, this means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance and agility.