What is CrossFit?

Odds are you know someone who does CrossFit. In fact, that person probably talks about CrossFit often. There is a reason for their enthusiasm—it is an effective exercise program to get you in the best shape of your life. However, while many CrossFitters can tell you about their favorite workouts, they do not often delve into the specifics of what sets CrossFit apart from other fitness programs.

How CrossFit Differs from Other Exercise Programs

The primary difference is CrossFit is high-intensity and integrates elements from numerous sports and exercises such as gymnastics, running, bodyweight exercises, weight lifting, and more. Unlike other fitness programs, CrossFit strives to improve your physical competence in all fitness domains. These include:

  • Accuracy
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Cardio endurance
  • Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Stamina
  • Strength

Who Can Do CrossFit Workouts?

Anybody! There is a misconception that individuals must already be in great physical shape before trying CrossFit workouts. In reality, you can scale almost all CrossFit exercises to meet your current fitness level.

Scaling Exercises

You may think a workout requiring several pull-ups is beyond you. However, even if you cannot complete pull-ups, there are several ways to scale this exercise. You can perform jumping pull-ups, ring rows, or assisted pull-ups with bands or a chair. A CrossFit coach can help you determine which approach is best for your current fitness level.

What to Expect

CrossFit is a social and supportive program. When you join a CrossFit class, expect your peers to cheer you on as you complete your last rep or round. CrossFit is also competitive so you may find yourself racing to surpass not only your own previous best score but your fellow CrossFitters’ scores as well. CrossFit is a community that challenges you to do better while helping you reach your fitness goals.

As for the workouts, expect high-intensity. CrossFit workouts are constantly varying so do not expect to perform the same workout twice. While there are traditional benchmark WODs (workouts of the day), they exist to measure your progress. Expect each workout to challenge you in new ways as you make measurable strides toward improving your strength and fitness.