CrossFit is a nutrition and exercise regimen that incorporates elements from all corners of the fitness world, aiming to create a broad, general, and inclusive fitness. We do this through various combinations of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular exercises. A great, detailed introduction to CrossFit can be found in their"What is Fitness?" article, written by Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit.
What makes CrossFit different than other styles of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?
Traditional HIIT training is often done with very little regard to form or technique, whereas CrossFit has created standards of every movement prescribed in the workout. Performance is recorded, and you can visually see progress by faster completion times, lifting heavier loads, or completing more reps within a given time. This style of fitness is observable, measureable, and repeatable, features that are not often found in the HIIT space.
What if I can't use the recommended weight or perform the programmed movements?
CrossFit is designed to be infinitely scalable. You should always use a weight that's manageable for you, rather than attempt the weight prescribed, and substitute movements you can do. Coaches can help here, but for general recommended scaling, follow @CrossFit Training on Instagram. The CrossFit Journal also contains resources to help you scale the workout to your level.
Where can I learn more?
The best way to understand CrossFit is to experience it, so stop in the gym and come work out!
If you'd like to do more research on CrossFit and its methods, these resources are incredibly valuable.
CrossFit.com -This site contains a wealth of information, and visitors are encouraged to explore. The CrossFit.com archives contain more than 14 years of workouts, including demonstrations, tips and discussions.
Exercises & Demos page by CrossFit Training - This page contains an ever-growing library of resources to help you move with virtuosity.
CrossFit Journal - The CrossFit Journal contains thousands of articles, including seminal pieces authored by CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman.
CrossFit FAQ Page - Here you'll find tons more of your questions answered. Don't overcomplicate it though, the most important step is to take actio