What Is CrossFit?

Anyone interested in fitness has probably come across CrossFit at some point or otherwise heard of it through friends or family. CrossFit may be the biggest fitness trend at the moment and has been growing in popularity for the last couple of years. CrossFit was developed by Coach Greg Glassman over the course of several decades.

There are many definitions of CrossFit, but it comes down to workouts that combine strength, conditioning and the belief in fitness.  In addition, CrossFit fundamental motto is based on a sense of community.  The communal aspect of CrossFit is the core component of why it is so effective and reaches such a broad range of people.

No one at a CrossFit gym (commonly referred to as a “box”) is doing aerobics routines or knocking out 5×5 bench presses. Instead, they’re either lifting weights or using their own body as one in exercises that require quick succession to complete the exercise.   The exercises tend to be fun, yet challenging, and the results are definitely evident.

While most boxes will feature kettlebells, barbells, chin-up bars and resistance bands, the types of exercises you’ll find at one CrossFit box could differ greatly from other boxes in the same exact city.

One of the trademark traits of CrossFit is also one of the reasons it’s so difficult to explain past the above: it doesn’t specialize and it doesn’t focus on specific workouts.  The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad and inclusive fitness regimen that prepares participants for any fitness challenge.  CrossFit’s specialty is not specializing.

CrossFit also does not push for any one type of diet plan. For the most part, its devotees tend to eat lots of lean meats, vegetables, nuts and fruits and stay away from complex carbohydrates and refined foods. But again, this is a difficult area to pin down as things vary from one box to another.

What we can say with absolute certainty is that countless people who have found and practice CrossFit refuse to leave it and are completely dedicated. Nowadays, too, it’s easy to find a box in your local area. So if you’re interested in what CrossFit has to offer, go try it out for yourself.