What is CrossFit?
CrossFit combines the best parts of weightlifting, sprinting, calisthenics, and kettlebells. Plus, we do a little bit of basic gymnastics. By sticking to the most effective exercises from each, we can do really efficient workouts that create real change in 60 minutes each day. They’re hard, but they have to be. It takes a couple of years to be really great at CrossFit, but you can be good in a few months.
What’s the WOD?
Workout of the Day. You’ll get to know lots of different acronyms used in our training.
For example: AMRAP = as many rounds as possible, EMOM = every minute on the minute (an interval training protocol)
What machines do you have at your gym?
The little joke in CrossFIt is “We don’t use machines – we make them”
But seriously, you can’t improve human movement – and fitness – without using its full range of capability. We do use a few machines; rowers and bikes, but that’s it.
I do P90X / Insanity / Group Training at my current gym. Isn’t that the same thing?
A lot of people use P90X to get ready for CrossFit. But the differences are huge: we don’t split the body up into its component parts, because the whole is far more than their sum. We use technical lifts, which require good coaching but also remove the ceiling effect that boredom creates through repeating the same program forever. We measure our progress objectively – am I faster today? Leaner? Stronger? better? – instead of just going until we feel like we’ve put in enough time.
The training sessions look too hard, is CrossFit just for elite athletes?
One of the great things about CrossFit is that the training can be “scaled” to suit everyone, regardless of their skill or fitness level. Scaling means that the same workout can be adjusted for different individuals by keeping the same format but substituting different exercises, changing the intensity, reducing or increasing the volume (number of reps or rounds), or changing the amount of rest.
Can I do CrossFit if I don’t know how to do Olympic weightlifting? Lifts like the Clean and Jerk and the Snatch look dangerous?
CrossFit is for everyone, not just elite athletes that already know how to do Olympic weightlifting. We say that a lot because it is an important message. Olympic lifts are an important part of CrossFit because they are highly functional complex movements that produce a fantastic training effect. The lifts are safe providing that they are taught and learnt in a progressive and scaled manner, so that the technique is drilled and understood prior to adding any weight.
For beginners we start very light, and only once correct form is consistently demonstrated do we start scaling the weight up. This is an effective and safe way to learn weightlifting. If you have never done weightlifting before that is okay. We simply scale the CrossFit workout for you and substitute alternative exercises using alternative lifts and dumbbells.