What is CrossFit?

At CrossFit YOW, we believe that the best way to answer this question is by having you come in and experience it for yourself.  Below is a brief explanation of what CrossFit is and how it is different than other programs.

CrossFit is defined as that which optimizes fitness – constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit HQ (www.crossfit.com) believes CrossFit’s aim is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness.  Originally, CrossFit began as the principal strength and conditioning program that efficiently trained the general physical preparedness that is needed for police tactical officers, military special operations soldiers, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. 

That being said, CrossFit not only physically prepares, strengthens, and conditions the soldier, but also does the same for mothers, fathers, high school students, grandparents, the disabled, and everyone in between. 

CrossFit is a fitness methodology that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. We’ve used the same routines for individuals, with heart disease and high blood pressure, as we do with professional athletes; the workouts vary only by degree. All the workouts are scaled by load and intensity, specific to the individual’s fitness level and ability. However, we don’t change the program.  Our goal is to prepare individuals for as many physical tasks as possible within different durations of time.  This could be as simple as completing air squats or as complex as completing a run and then immediately transitioning into a weightlifting movement. We all need to pick up items from the ground and we all have to put weighted items overhead during the course of a regular working day. CrossFit seeks to build a program that will prepare any individual for any physical contingency, as well as, for the unknown and the unexpected.

“CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do workouts together.” (CrossFit HQ) CrossFit YOW believes that the communal aspect of CrossFit is the key component of its effectiveness.  Everyone in the community strives to be the best version of themselves bolstered by the constant support of their coaches and other athletes in the gym.  We’re all in this together, and together we cannot fail – you will never walk alone.  Our worst enemy is usually ourselves – it’s an ongoing battle but when you walk into CrossFit YOW, most of that self-doubt WILL disappear. With that motivating push, that we sometimes need, you will meet your goals. CrossFit is not about fitting into a certain type of ‘mold,’ it’s about each individual’s journey to find his or her own mold.

“Our goal is for our athletes to not just be healthy individuals, but to be FIT individuals, capable of commanding their bodies to perform any task they WANT on any given day.”

Lastly, at CrossFit YOW, we believe CrossFit is an investment in one’s future.  As a society, we are told and conditioned to save money for a down payment on a house, invest in mutual funds for retirement, contribute to a pension plan so that we may be able to retire and live comfortably. However, if your vessel is not as prepared as your bank account, how comfortable do you think retirement and your quality of life will be? Our goal is for our athletes to not just be healthy individuals, but to be FIT individuals, capable of commanding their bodies to perform any task they WANT on any given day. Evidence shows that anyone consistently doing CrossFit becomes more agile, flexible, accurate, coordinated, has more stability, endurance, stamina, power and is generally faster and stronger than they have ever been.  

Come try our introductory program, talk to our coaches and other athletes, and experience the community that is CrossFit.  Hope to see you soon!