CrossFit was founded in 2000 by Greg Glassman, a former gymnast. Coaching elite athletes for years, Glassman found that the key to achieving optimal fitness was though “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” This means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning. CrossFit will improve your overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance and agility.
So what does constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity mean?
Every day is a different workout or WOD (Workout of the Day) that incorporates any combination of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing or core conditioning. Each day is designed to work different muscle groups and cardio. You will be able to find all these movement and more in your WODS:
• Push Ups
• Pull Ups
• Rope Climbs
• Jump Rope
• Hand Stands
• Muscle Ups
• Box Jumps
….and so much more!
Functional movement refers to the positions you will learn in order to be the most efficient at the exercise. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, flipping a tire looks like crazy, “he-man” work. But if you’ve ever had to move a mattress up a flight of stairs, you already know the movement. Cleaning a medicine ball may appear odd, but consider what your body does when you place your suitcase in a plane’s overhead compartment. If you’ve ever lifted a heavy bag of dog food or peat moss, no one needs to tell you the importance of arching your back. S&S CrossFit will help you maintain the correct position in a workout – both to keep you and other safe as well as to maximize efficiency.
For many people, a workout’s efficiency is only proportionate to the amount of hours spent in the gym. You will never hear a CrossFitter say, “I had a great workout; I was in the gym for four hours!” You are much more likely to hear, “I finished in 8 minutes.” People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time as they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.
The beauty of our sport is that we are all in it together, motivating one another. It’s a sport where the person last to finish the workout receives more high fives than the person first to finish.
We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit philosophy and methodology at: crossfit.com