What is CrossFit?

Answer:  The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.

CrossFit Inc. describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains,” with the stated goal of improving fitness, which it defines as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”

CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.

How is CrossFit different from other types of workouts?

Answer: Unlike traditional gyms who’s business models revolve around providing members with general purpose equipment which can easily be used by as many people as possible, CrossFit affiliates not only provide their clients with the equipment needed to establish life-long, sustainable fitness, but also with:
  • Instruction on how to use such equipment;
  • The coaching needed to keep individuals motivated and on-task;
  • Programming and training plans that get results
  • Educational insights on physiology and nutrition;
  • A community to support you on your journey,
While CrossFit and traditional weight training share some of the same benefits, they differ in terms of intensity. In traditional weight training, you’ll typically work out in a gym setting using weights that vary from 5 pound hand weights to barbells weighing 200 pounds or more. CrossFit is a more intense and structured workout. CrossFit uses a wider variety of equipment, only some of which you’ll find in a typical gym. You’ll do exercises with sandbags and iron balls, called kettlebells, as well as with free weights, giant medicine balls, tractor tires and plyo boxes.

How do I sign up? Can I try it out first?

Answer: We recommend that all new members attend a beginner’s or boot camp class.  Typically, these classes meet three days per week for four weeks.  Potential new members are taught the foundational functional movements that help them transition easily to regular classes.

What is a “WOD”?

Answer: WOD is “Workout of the Day.” The great folks at CrossFit post a workout for each day.

Will I get “bulky” if I do CrossFit?

Answer: If you train the WODs hard, and eat right and get lots of sleep, you will definitely gain lean mass, lose fat, and yes, you can build muscle mass with the crossfit protocol.  So the answer is no, you will not get “bulky,” you will gain strength.

What are the named workouts?

Answer: Many have asked, “Why are the workouts named after Girls?”  Coach Glassman, the founder and President of CrossFit explained it best. “I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name.  I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a females name.  Workouts are just like storms, they wreak havoc on towns.”

CrossFit is quickly becoming “the training” program for our Military, Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters. Since day one CrossFit has embraced our men and women in uniform and they have chosen to honor the Heroes who gave their lives to keep us and our country safe.

These CrossFit Hero WODs listed below are some of the most intense workout experiences that you could experience. They have been conceived and are intended to be performed with intense effort, in honor of our fallen Heroes. Don’t think to your self, I can’t do that or it looks to hard. Instead focus on what you can do, scale where needed, and think about the Hero that has given his all for our freedom.