By definition, CrossFit is a principal strength and conditioning program for elite police forces, military special operations teams, champion martial artists, and Olympic athletes worldwide. As impressive and praiseworthy as it sounds, the reality that CrossFit is applicable to the lives of each and every individual is CrossFit’s greater strength and most impressive attribute. Does CrossFit cater to the collegiate, conditioned athlete? Yes. Does it appeal to the fastest and the strongest athletes in their fields? Absolutely. But, does it completely transform and transcend the body, mind, spirit and heart of a stay-at-home mom or dad? Resoundingly. Does it build self-esteem, character, determination and drive in a struggling or even a successful teenager? Without question. CrossFit enables the elderly; those that once were active or whom may never have been active. It provides them with the basic physical skills to reclaim or maintain their independence, their dignity, their self-worth. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program; and in its quest to bring excellence to the fitness of every person, whatever level they may currently be, CrossFit is continually committed to the safety, the wellbeing, and the support of their athletes – no matter their age, size, weight, religion, occupation, gender or race.
CrossFit is unique in that it specializes in not specializing. What does that mean? CrossFit acutely recognizes the physical fitness needs of human beings are the same, regardless of circumstance; the only variance is the load and intensity. That is primarily why retirees workout alongside professionally-trained Olympic lifters, and schoolteachers can conquer the same grueling workout-of-the-day as a marathoner. CrossFit’s core principles and the basis of all programming and workouts revolve around ten fitness domains – all ten of which, no matter who you are or what you do, when used often and applied with constant variety, will unilaterally increase the physical fitness of everyone. The ten physical domains are (courtesy of Dynamex):
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
When all ten of these physical domains are taxed regularly and continually optimized, the competency of an individual to perform any and all physical tasks is increased; everything from picking a child up off the floor, to carrying in groceries, to hauling and pushing heavy loads, to walking with ease up multiple flights of stairs.
In summary, CrossFit is for everyone. It is based upon the sole concept that functional movement, meaning the motor recruitment patterns found in our everyday lives, is the root, the very core of CrossFit. Squatting, otherwise known as standing from a seated position, and deadlifting, also known as picking something up off the ground, are movements that are crucial to the basic and intricate health and fitness of every human being. Deadlifts, squats, pushups, pull-ups, rowing, running, jumping, pulling – all functional movements in their own respect, and all part of the all-encompassing vision and CrossFit creed.