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 20-30 minute stints on the stationary bike or treadmill are going to lead to some kind of great fitness.
At CrossFit we work exclusively with compound movements and shorter, high-intensity cardiovascular sessions. We’ve replaced the lateral raise with push-presses, the curl with pull-ups, and the leg extension with squats. For every long distance effort our athletes will do 5 or 6 at short distance. Why? Because compound and 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 endeavors 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.
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. As such CrossFit is a General Physical Preparation (GPP) program. CrossFit rejects the notion that fitness is defined narrowly by the ability run at a slow pace for extended periods and we reject the notion that jogging is a path to health and fitness.
CrossFit Atlanta is a licensed affiliate of Crossfit and is a community of men and women of all ages and abilities. It includes business executives, housewives, rugby players, federal and state law enforcement officers, firemen, active duty military, children & grandparents, who share the experience of exercising with the most effective overall fitness regimen in existence. CrossFit is the preferred GPP protocol for many champion martial artists and elite military and police units, but the efficacy of CrossFit transcends all levels of age and ability. CrossFit is functional fitness that guarantees incredible results. The workouts are short, with intensity scaled to age and levels of fitness. Most people are dubious that such short workouts can produce such incredible results. Try it and you will believe.
For those of you who are of a scientific bent, curious to know what CrossFit is and why it works so well, read “What is Fitness” a seminal article by Greg Glassman, CrossFit founder.