CrossFit in its simplest terms is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. It is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies, sports teams, all military branches, and professional athletes worldwide. It’s also being implemented in nursing homes, pre-schools, and rehabilitation centers. CrossFit is a program that’s all inclusive and adaptable to anyone despite their fitness levels.
CrossFit combines weightlifting, distance running, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, plyometrics, rowing, medicine ball training, and much more. CrossFit’s goals are to improve everyone in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. CrossFit defines fitness as increased work capacity across all these domains. It achieves this by provoking neurologic and hormonal adaptations across all metabolic pathways.
We run, row, jump rope, climb rope and carry odd objects. We frequently move large and heavy loads quickly over short distances, and sometimes use powerlifting and olympic weightlifting techniques. We also use dumbbells, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, and many bodyweight exercises to prepare everyone for the expected and sometimes unexpected. (adapted from crossfit.com)