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What is Crossfit?
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What is Crossfit?

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a way of life that will deliver fitness you never knew you had to do the things you never thought you could. ‘What is CrossFit?’ is difficult to answer as CrossFit encompasses so many aspects of fitness, diet and lifestyle. In fact, it really does change lives. CrossFit athletes run, […]

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a way of life that will deliver fitness you never knew you had to do the things you never thought you could.

‘What is CrossFit?’ is difficult to answer as CrossFit encompasses so many aspects of fitness, diet and lifestyle. In fact, it really does change lives.

CrossFit athletes run, row, skip, jump, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over short distances, and use powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises.

The paragraph below, which was published by CrossFit Inc., sums it up fairly well, as does this video clip:

“In gyms and health clubs throughout the world the typical workout consists of isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions. The fitness community, from trainers to the magazines, has the exercising public believing that lateral raises, curls, leg extensions, sit-ups and the like combined with 20-40 minute stints on the stationary bike or treadmill are going to lead to some kind of great fitness.

“Well, at CrossFit we work exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity cardiovascular sessions. We’ve replaced the lateral raise with push-press, the curl with pull-ups, and the leg extension with squats. For every long distance effort our athletes will do five or six at short distance.

“Why? Because compound or functional movements and high intensity or anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid irrefutable scientific fact and yet the marginally effective old ways persist and are nearly universal. Our approach is consistent with what is practiced in elite training programs associated with major university athletic teams and professional sports.

“CrossFit endeavours to bring state-of-the-art coaching techniques to the general public and athletes who haven’t access to current technologies, research, and coaching methods.”

The 10 elements of fitness

CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills:

  1. Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance
  2. Stamina
  3. Strength
  4. Flexibility
  5. Power
  6. Speed
  7. Agility
  8. Balance
  9. Coordination
  10. Accuracy

CrossFit Maroubra gives you the opportunity to enhance all ten of these skills in each and every aspect of your life.

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