What Is CrossFit?

When thinking about how to explain what CrossFit® is, we like to start with what CrossFit is not:

… for people expecting results without hard work
… for people unwilling to try new things
… for people afraid to leave their egos at home

Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, founded CrossFit®, Inc. in 2000. In his years coaching elite athletes, Coach Glassman found that the best way to achieve optimal fitness was not through specialization but rather through “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” In short, this means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance and agility.

The Breakdown:

Constantly Varied means that every day brings a different workout (or WOD), incorporating any combination of these elements. At CrossFit Acadia you will jump rope, swing kettle bells, throw medicine balls, climb ropes, and flip tires. You will work at pull ups, muscle ups, hand stands, pushups, and hand-stand pushups. You will practice squats, dips, cleans, jerks, snatches and deadlifts as well as rowing, running, and box jumps. Each day will bring different exercises always specifically designed to work on different muscle groups and/or cardiovascular strength. This does not mean that you will be forced to do anything you do not want to do. Crossfit is partially about facing fears and pushing the body and mind, but it is also about working with the athletes at their own pace and hearing their concerns. We will encourage and push you to grow, but more importantly over time we will teach you to push yourself.

Functional Movement refers to maintaining the safest, most-efficient position to power through a movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit. Truthfully, much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, flipping a tire looks like crazy, “He-Man” work. But if you’ve ever had to move a mattress up a flight of stairs, you already know the movement. Cleaning a medicine ball may appear odd, but consider what your body does when you place your suitcase in a plane’s overhead compartment. If you’ve ever lifted a heavy bag of dog food or peat moss, no one needs to tell you the importance of proper form to stabilize your back. CrossFit Acadia will help you maintain the correct position in a workout, both to keep you and others safe and to maximize efficiency.

High Intensity is a concept that can be difficult for new CrossFitters to grasp at first. For many people, a workout’s efficiency is only proportionate to the amount of hours spent in the gym. You will never hear a CrossFitter say, “I had a great workout; I was in the gym for four hours!” You are much more likely to hear, “I finished in 8 minutes.” People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.

The beauty of this sport is that we are all in it together, motivating one another. It’s a sport where the person last to finish the workout receives more high fives than the person first to finish.

We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit® philosophy and methodology at: crossfit.com, but to truly understand, you just have to jump in and give it a try. We are happy to talk with you more about our program!

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