Question: What is CrossFit?
Answer: Constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity.
Sure, but what does that all mean?
1. Constantly varied: do something different every day
We do kettle bell swings, barbells complexes, dumbbell thrusters. We do back squats, front squats, OH squats and deadlifts. We run, row, crawl and jump up on and over things. We skip, do push-ups, pull-ups and play on monkey bars. We swing sledgehammers, push prowlers, drag sleds and slam med balls. We do muscle-ups, snatches, clean and jerks and handstand push-ups.
We believe that training a wide variety of different movements increases your ability to do the known and unknown tasks that you may encounter on a daily basis.
2. Functional movement: stuff you do every day
Functional movements are movements that you use every day – we focus on the squat as the base movement and yes, we squat to below parallel. That may not happen on your first session but we think it’s something worth working towards. You use it when you get out of a bed in the morning and when you get off the toilet. Watch a 2 year old go pick up a toy and you’ll witness a perfect squat. Somewhere along the way we forgot how to move properly. We’ll spend time teaching you how to do that again or perhaps for the very first time.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fire fighter attending the scene of an accident or a soccer mum carrying her groceries to the car. It’s the things we do in the gym on a daily basis that prepare you for whatever life has in store for you.
But you don’t use machines… is that safe?
There are no machines in our gym because we think that your body should stabilize your own movements. We believe in compound, multi-joint, multi-muscle movements over isolated single joint/single muscle movements (eg. body building) So chin-ups over bicep curls and back squats over a leg press machine – Don’t use machines become one
3. High intensity: It’s all relative
Intensity can come from a lifting a heavier weight or from the speed that you lift it. The level of intensity can also be changed based on the amount of repetitions you might do. Most importantly intensity is relative. Eg. What may be intense for a well conditioned athlete will be different to a pregnant woman in her second tri-mester (and yes, we train both…) We’ll encourage you to go heavy and go fast but only as heavy and as fast as you can safely manage.
Your safety is our first priority. We’ll teach you how to move properly before we give you any significant weight and make sure that you’re moving well on a consistent basis before we introduce anything like intensity. Mechanics first -> Consistency second -> and Intensity last.