What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is Variety
In CrossFit’s definition of fitness, being functionally capable across a broad array of fitness-related skills is of primary importance. These skills include strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy. If you want to be good in ALL of these areas, variety is a must. To get this variety, we use movements and training techniques and skills from the sports of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning. We also sprinkle in the use of kettlebells, plyometrics, medicine balls, calisthenics, and sprinting. CrossFit specializes in NOT specializing.
CrossFit is Unique
The programming at CrossFit DOA is a blend of personal training and group exercise classes. At least one certified trainer conducts each class. The trainer helps adapt the workout of the day (WOD) for you based on ability level, injuries, and any other relevant factors. Each class performs the WOD together while the trainer gives individual attention to each athlete. The trainer will refresh everyone on proper movements and standards, coach each athlete for proper range of motion and safety, and encourage each athlete during the WOD. You are not paying for a simple gym membership–you are paying for a motivator that gets you results!
CrossFit is Functional
Functional movements in the gym are those that replicate movement in real life or sport. For example, nearly every day in life, you bend over and pick something up. We “practice” that with a movement like the deadlift. Now think for a moment–when is the last time you did a bicep curl during your normal day? That, in our definition is NOT functional – neither are flys, lateral raises, tricep kick backs, or any other isolated joint movement for the purpose of making one muscle bigger or stronger. Are those movements bad? No. But in terms of the functionality of your body, they don’t really have a place in training unless you are rehabbing an injury.
CrossFit is Intensity
How much work can you do in a given period of time? The more you can do, the fitter you are, and the higher the intensity of your training. To get this intensity, we push it right to the edge of the “cliff”… and practice staying there. CrossFit will challenge you to train in that zone. One thing to remember, intensity is determined by your ability to hold good form–we never recommend speed at the expense of form.
CrossFit is for Everyone
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it an exceptional workout program for any committed individual regardless of experience. The same routines are used for elderly individuals with heart disease and elite athletes. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
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