Following are some of the most common questions people ask about CrossFit workouts.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a workout methodology based on constantly varied, high intensity movements that help everyday life. Why it works is because your body never adapts to any one movement thereby keeping the effect of any given day’s workout at maximum – and you never gets bored. The intensity that everyone takes part in ends up galvanizing our supportive community.
Will I or can I get bulky doing CrossFit?
Not necessarily. Unlike bodybuilding which focuses on isolated and specific movements, CrossFit is based on functional movements that our bodies were designed to do. It is the ultimate way in developing lean body mass, losing fat and increasing your fitness level. However, if gaining more muscle is something you are interested in, we offer workouts that are also specifically designed for that.
What will I do in a CrossFit class?
- Dynamic warm up
- Strength or skill work
- WOD (Workout of the Day) ranging anywhere from 5-30 minutes, generally lasting around 10-15 minutes.
- Post workout stretching
What do I need to bring to class?
- Comfortable workout clothes
- A great attitude!
Is CrossFit for me?
Absolutely! Your needs and the Olympic athlete’s differ by degree not kind. Increased power, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance and coordination are each important to the world’s best athletes as well as to our grandparents. The very same methods that elicit optimal response in the Olympic or professional athlete will optimize the same response in the elderly. Of course, we can’t load your grandmother with the same squatting weight that we’d assign an Olympic skier, but they both need to squat. In fact, squatting is essential to maintaining functional independence and improving fitness. Squatting is just one example of a movement that is universally valuable and essential, yet rarely taught to any but the most advanced of athletes. Through painstakingly thorough coaching and incremental load assignment, CrossFit has been able to teach anyone who can care for themselves to perform safely and with maximum efficacy, the same movements typically utilized by professional coaches and athletes.
Just what is a “core strength and conditioning” program?
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program in two distinct senses. First, we are a core strength and conditioning program in the sense that the fitness we develop is foundational to all other athletic needs. Second, we are a “core” strength and conditioning program in the literal sense, meaning, the center of something. Much of our work focuses on the major functional axis of the human body, the extension and flexion of the hips and extension, flexion and rotation of the torso or trunk. The primacy of core strength and conditioning in this sense is supported by the simple observation that powerful hip extension alone is necessary and nearly sufficient for elite athletic performance. Running, jumping, punching and throwing all originate at the core. At CrossFit, we endeavor to develop our athletes from the inside out, from core to extremity, which is how good functional movements recruit muscle, from the core to the extremities.
What if I don’t want to be an athlete; I just want to be healthy?
You’re in luck. We hear this often, but the truth is that fitness, wellness and pathology (sickness) are measures of the same entity, your health. There are a multitude of measurable parameters that can be ordered from sick (pathological) to well (normal) to fit (better than normal). These include but are not limited to blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, body fat, muscle mass, flexibility and strength. All of the body functions that can go awry have states that are pathological, normal and exceptional. The CrossFit view is that fitness and health are the same thing. While a health professional typically maintains your health with drugs and surgery, each with potentially undesirable side effect, the CrossFit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with “side benefit” vs. side effect.
What are some examples of CrossFit exercises?
Biking, running, swimming and rowing in an endless variety of drills. The clean & jerk, snatch, squat, deadlift, push-press, bench-press and power-clean. Jumping, medicine ball throws and catches, pull-ups, dips, push-ups, handstands, presses to handstand, pirouettes, kips, cartwheels, muscle-ups, sit-ups, scales, and holds. We make regular use of bikes, the track, rowing shells and ergometers, Olympic weight sets, rings, parallel bars, free exercise mat, horizontal bar, plyometrics boxes, medicine balls and jump rope. There isn’t a strength and conditioning program anywhere that works with a greater diversity of tools, modalities and drills than CrossFit.
What should I eat?
In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all circumspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.