CrossFit is a program designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. It is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains:
1. Endurance - The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen (cardiovascular/respiratory endurance)
2. Stamina - The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy. (capacity to maintain repetitive muscular movements)
3. Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force
4. Flexibility - the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint
5. Power - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time
6. Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement
7. Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a single distinct movement
8. Agility - The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another
9. Balance - The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base
10. Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity
Most importantly a well designed and applied CrossFit training program is scaleable to the abilities of most everyone.
Functional movements by their very nature are organic and natural, necessary in everyday activities. However, the efficiency of these movements and the ability to perform them, requires a dedication to practice. Likewise, the strength, and skills needed to safeguard the functionality of our bodies must be developed in an unrelenting pursuit. Use it or lose it applies here.
While anyone can do CrossFit, CrossFit is NOT for everyone. Discipline, dedication, effort, mental toughness, and tenacity are tested constantly. In the end, results must be earned everyday.
CrossFit training rewards those who will endeavor to be “Better than Yesterday”