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The aim of CrossFit is to forge broad, general, and inclusive fitness. It is achieved by performing constantly varied functional movements, at high intensities. The result is an increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.
For optimal athletic performance, CrossFit is implemented in a three-phase process: mechanics, consistency, and intensity. Mechanics refers to technique – one’s ability to move properly through functional movements. This means moving yourself and external objects in the most efficient, effective, and safe manner possible. Consistency is defined by repeatedly performing the proper mechanics of these movements. Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with the rate of return on a favorable adaptation to exercise. In other words, intensity is what produces positive results from working out.
While intensity is the path to elite fitness, it must be executed with consistency. Similarly, consistency is built on proper mechanics. Turning the tables, sound mechanics are the most efficient and effective way to move, and done consistently, lead to more work in less time. More work in less time means higher average power (force x distance / time = power). Higher average power means higher intensity. Higher intensity leads to better results.
-Based on 2009 CrossFit Journal, Greg Glassman, Todd Widman
Want the long version? Read the CrossFit Journal articleWhat is Fitness?
Who Is CrossFit designed for?
Everyone! Because CrossFit uses functional movements, it is completely safe and effective for everyone from kids, to couch potatoes, to elite athletes, to seniors, and everyone in between. The workouts are infinitely scalable, and the intensity level is relative to each individual athlete. That means anyone can attend any class, regardless of the movements involved, or the other athletes present, and walk away feeling like they got a great workout.
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