Let’s Define Fitness:
First, what is fitness? Fitness is a concept that we encounter almost daily in today’s society, yet the meaning is rarely defined. Fitness has different definitions based on who you ask. Greatly simplified, CrossFit defines fitness by three standards. The first is competency in each of the ten defined fitness domains (cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, speed, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy). A fitness program is only effective to the extent that it develops these skills. The second standard by which CrossFit defines fitness is the ability to perform well at any random physical challenge that one may face. This requires a fitness program to be both broad and constantly varied in all aspects of training. The third standard deals with the different levels of metabolic conditioning or “cardio.” To achieve optimal fitness, one must be able to perform well in the short, medium, and long duration of metabolic output.
What is CrossFit?
Constantly varied, Functional movements executed at High intensity = CrossFit
Ok, but what does that mean?
Adaptation is a remarkable trait of the human body. In a fitness regimen; however, adaptation can be detrimental to one’s progress. The ability of the body to adapt to repetitive exercises, movements, and other stresses can result in plateaus and arrested progress that can discourage a person from continuing a program. By constantly varying the exercises and movements performed, CrossFit utilizes “muscle confusion” to prevent the body from adapting. Varying combinations of muscle groups, intensity of cardiovascular requirements, and duration of workouts are the CrossFit prescription to consistent and measurable progress.
You won’t find muscle heads doing bicep curls in front of a wall of mirrors at Capstone CrossFit. CrossFit utilizes functional movements rather than isolated muscle movements in the workouts. Functional is defined as “having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed.” All of the movements we perform in CrossFit are designed to mimic movements that a person uses performing day to day tasks. Simply stated, our exercises do not isolate any particular part of the body, but rather peroform exercises and movements that engage your body (core to extremities) to allow you to carry out real world movements that your body was made to do. When you stand up from a chair, pick up heavy objects from the ground, or lift something overhead you are performing squats, dead-lifts, and push presses!
Because CrossFit training focuses on functional movements, your body will respond and you will see measurable fitness results. That is why many law enforcement, firefighting, military and elite fighting forces, professional athletes, martial artists, and professional fighters incorporate CrossFit as their principle physical conditioning component to their training. We use body weight exercises, medicine balls, kettlebells, jump ropes, free weights, and pull up bars (among other things) to create workouts that alternate functional movements to create challenging workouts that are designed to improve fitness levels regardless of skill or current level of fitness.
Two hour workouts in the gym are a thing of the past! The typical CrossFit workout lasts anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes. The results are measurably more effective than workouts that are 5 times as long. The difference? Intensity! All CrossFit workouts are programed to achieve and preserve an intense level of stimulus that is unparalleled by other fitness programs.
Don’t specialize, be good at everything!
The goal of CrossFit is not to specialize the participant in any one area of fitness, but rather to increase the participant’s competency in ALL of the fitness domains (GPP – General Physical Preparedness). The exercises performed in a CrossFit workout are designed to, over time, prepare the participant for any physical challenge they may encounter.
“These exercises seem crazy! I’m not sure I can do this!”
Trust us, you can! CrossFit is universally scalable, adapting the movements and exercises within every workout to meet each member’s specific fitness level and individual needs. One of the perks of becoming a member of Capstone CrossFit is the level of personal attention you will receive from our coaches during your training. We have members who are young and members who have more um… wisdom on their side. We have the fit and the not-so-fit. We even have members training with previously existing injuries. How can you have such a diverse group of people performing similar workouts? Easy! Each member works within their capabilities to achieve their peak fitness. The benefits are universal as well! Increased mobility, strength, flexibility, agility, energy, immune response, and bone density along with decreased risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer to name a few.
Because it focuses on functional movements, (movements that the body was designed for and performs daily) CrossFit not only exceptionally prepares people that depend on top physical condition to perform their jobs/duties, but it also excels at equipping anyone for every day life regardless of their current fitness level. Whether you are 9 or 90, an elite athlete or someone who has never seen the inside of a gym, CrossFit is for you!