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Our definition of CrossFit!!

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I’ve run into a number of challenges in the year or since Ganbatte has been open.  I’ve also made a few mistakes.  I realized one of them last week when glancing over my own Web site.  I’d run into trouble articulating to people what exactly CrossFit is, and clicked on the “What is CrossfFit” section to refresh my own memory.

Here is a sample of what the page used to say:

“Crossfit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity.  Functional movements are universal motor recruitment patterns; they are performed in a wave of contraction from core to extremity; and they are compound movements—i.e., they are multi-joint.”

Say what?

“Intensity is defined exactly as power, and intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise. Recognizing that the breadth and depth of a program’s stimulus will determine the breadth and depth of the adaptation it elicits, our prescription of functionality and intensity is constantly varied. We believe that preparation for random physical challenges—i.e. unknown and unknowable events—is at odds with fixed, predictable and routine regimens.”


Crossfit HQ has its own language, with lots of references to “elite fitness.” I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean either.  I’ve coached a lot of people in the past year, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that their “whys” are very specific, and very different.  Person A may be intrigued by the mystique of Crossfit, and that it’s used by “police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units,” etc.  Person B is looking to break out of a fitness rut, and thinks the military/ninja/zombie invasion thing is kind of cool.  Is one of them more “Crossfitty” or “elite” than the other? I don’t think so.

CrossFit promises a great workout, period.  And as with any great workout, it is a tool for something bigger.  At the end of WODs, athletes are some combination of exhausted, proud, surprised, and happy.  Some of them talk about the workout; some of them rehash their strategies; some of them just talk about what they did last weekend. Many of them thumb through their notebooks and comment on how far they’ve moved toward their particular goals.  I’ve never heard any of them talk about their “universal motor recruitment patterns” or say that they feel more “elite” than they did last week.

Thank God.

My “What is CrossFit” section is very different now.  It better reflects what I actually see happening every day.  Read it [my new definition of CrossFit].  See how it matches against your own experience.  If it doesn’t, redefine Crossfit for yourself.  It is what you make it to be.



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