CONSTANTLY VARIED — Always changing the workouts, never letting your body adapt. This is why CrossFit is great for getting results. Your body never gets used to anything so you never reach those plateaus.
HIGH INTENSITY — This is where many misconceptions about CrossFit come from. Many people think intensity is screaming and yelling and looking like you are going to pop a vain in your neck. This is not intensity although it may sometimes be the result of intensity. Intensity is the act of creating power (power = force multiplied by distance divided by time). In basic language we are saying power/intensity is how much weight you can move over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time. Our goal is to create people who can run farther, move more weight, do more push-ups, flip a tire faster, all while of course maintaining proper form and technique.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS — Are movements humans were built for. Movements that are natural and safe. Movements we use in everyday life such as squatting, deadlifting, pulling yourself up, etc. This is NOT standing on a Bosu ball on one leg doing bicep curls. This is NOT sitting in a machine that holds you in place while you execute a movement that isolates one muscle leaving your body unbalanced with useless strength. These are movements that promote neurological and hormonal responses, leading to better health, actual strength, actual core stability, agility, and flexibility.
The CrossFit prescription is performing “Constantly Varied, Functional Movement preformed at High Intensity.” CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. The CrossFit program is designed 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 as follows:
The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen
The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy
The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force
The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint
The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time
The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement
The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement
The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another
The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base
The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity