CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that prescribes “constantly varied, functional movement executed at a high intensity”.
Try and remember a time when you had to perform a leg curl in your day-to-day life. The likelihood that a human would ever need to perform a leg curl other than at the gym is extremely low. So, why is the fitness community, from trainers to magazines, adamant that we include such exercises in our fitness regime? Truth is we only really need to employ functional movements to improve strength and fitness.
Functional movements are natural and safe exercises that are based on the demands of real world situations. As opposed to isolating muscles, CrossFit utilizes the entire body in each and every movement. CrossFit exercises require movement across multiple planes and joints placing demand first on the core and then on the extremities. It is these types of high power, full-body movements that will take your health and fitness to the next level.
The fitness community has the exercising public believing that long bouts of moderate intensity exercise (think 30min jog on the treadmill) is the best way to lose weight and become more fit. Extended cardiovascular stints will not lead to any kind of great fitness. For this reason, CrossFit works with the functional movement described above in short, high intensity cardiovascular sessions. The combination of functional movement and high intensity or anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired fitness result.
One of the greatest perks of CrossFit strength and conditioning is the variability the program provides. Other workout regimes become boring and repetitive while CrossFit rarely provides the same workout twice. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to maximize competence in the ten fitness domains: Cardiovascular Endurance, Strength, Stamina, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy. The breadth and depth of an exercise program will determine the breadth and depth of the individual’s fitness capacity. Therefore by thinking outside the box and constantly taking on random physical challenges we are always pushing ourselves to get stronger, faster and better.