The strength and conditioning program known as CrossFit is defined as “Constantly varied functional movement executed at high intensity”. But what exactly does that mean?crossfit_flowchart

Constantly Varied: The human body is incredible at adapting. Keep using the same routine week after week, and your progress will stall.

Functional Movement: That’s the way we use our bodies in the real world. Training muscles in isolation may give you great looking guns, but what about when it comes to applying that strength?

High Intensity: It’s only by challenging ourselves that we see change. Your level of intensity need not match that of the fire-breathers you see at the CrossFit Games, but testing the edges of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

CrossFit specializes in not specializing. It develops all-round athletes: a CrossFitter is a blend of runner, lifter, gymnast, climber and power athlete. Why? Because you never know what life will throw at you.

CrossFit is designed for universal scalability: by scaling loads and intensity, our program can meet the needs of elderly individuals with heart disease and college athletes looking to take the next step towards professional sports. We are all athletes, and CrossFit is our fitness regimen.

The 10 General Physical Skills

Our program focuses on building 10 general physical skills. 4 of these skills are purely physical, 4 of these skills are neurological (meaning they relate to your brain’s ability to program your movement patterns). The last two skills, power and speed, combine both physical and neurological aspects.

In more detail these skills are:

  1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  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 singular 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.