Crossfit – constantly varied and spreading like wildfire
If you’ve made your way to this site, then you probably have some preliminary interest in or knowledge about Crossfit and the Paleo diet. This first post will explore in general how Crossfit works and what the benefits are to you.
Crossfit is a program of general fitness. It focuses on strengthening the entire body for any kind of physically demanding situation you can think of. Whether you need the flexibility to play on the floor with your kids or grandkids, the endurance to outrun a creep in the parking garage, or the strength to carry your heavy groceries into the house, Crossfit will provide the tools for your body’s increased functionality. It is really the sport of being fit.
Coach Greg Glassman, the main developer of Crossfit, explains fitness as being “increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains” (Crossfit Community). Crossfit is defined by movements that optimize fitness – constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. This includes lifting weights, body-weight movements like pull-ups, running, jumping, and much more.
The benefits of Crossfit for you are limitless. For those looking to lose weight, Crossfit – paired with proper dieting – is a wonderful weight loss solution. But the benefits certainly do not stop at weight loss. Crossfit will help you increase your strength, endurance, power, and agility. It will increase your flexibility and range of motion. It even provides a unique sense of community among your fellow Crossfitters. Don’t be surprised to walk by a Crossfit gym and see everyone cheering on the last people to finish the workout.
Lastly, if you think this sounds too intense – if you think you can’t because you’re too old, too overweight, too whatever – think again. There are far too many success stories from every type of “I can’t” category for you to think you can’t do it. No matter who you are, Crossfit will make an athlete out of you.