CrossFit 101: Function, Fitness, Community

This post courtesy of guest expert
Josh Newton, MS, PES, CH-L1 Trainer
Manager, DMH CrossFit Enhance

CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. Meaningful statements about safety, efficacy and efficiency — the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program — can be supported only by measurable, observable, and repeatable facts, (i.e. data). The CrossFit methodology depends on full disclosure of methods, results and criticisms, and it has cultivated a strong online community to support these values. This open, collaborative charter allows coaches, athletes and trainers to be developers and evolvers of this program. CrossFit is factually driven, scientifically tested and collectively developed.
Crossfit classCrossFit employs a constantly varied approach to training and focuses on functional movements at maximum intensity. Intensity is essential for results – the more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort. And that’s what leads to dramatic gains in fitness. Thought some people are scared off merely by the word CrossFit, it doesn’t have to be a source of fear and trepidation. All movements can be scaled to each individual’s physical and psychological ability. Life is unpredictable, so real world fitness must be broad, both in terms of duration and type of effort.

The goal of CrossFit is to make you a fitter and healthier human being. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad and inclusive fitness that prepared participants for anything life throws at them – expected or unexpected, unknown and unknowable. We want you to be well-prepared physically (and mentally) for every facet of life, from lifting a laundry basket from the ground to putting a box on the top shelf of the closet or even getting out of the car and everything in between.

The magic is in the movements. All of CrossFit’s workouts are based on functional movements. These are the core movements of life, found everywhere, and built naturally into our DNA. They move the largest loads the longest distances so they are ideal for maximizing intensity.

In CrossFit, trainers and trainees work together to cultivate an atmosphere of hard-work, dedication and encouragement. Finishing first or last in a workout does not matter. You will find your peers and coaches cheering and encouraging you to be better than yesterday. That is what we thrive on and what the CrossFit spirit is all about.