What is CrossFit?

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.” CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. In short, this means combining elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve physical competence in the ten recognized fitness domains. These are:

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Accuracy

Constantly Varied

“Constantly Varied” means that every day brings a different workout (or “WOD”), incorporating any combination of these elements. At Cascade each day is different and no two workouts are the same. This is a huge part of what makes CrossFit so unique and attractive, that you are not stuck in the same workout routine day in and day out. You will work at pull ups, muscle ups, hand stands, pushups, squats, 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.

Functional Movement

“Functional Movement” refers to maintaining the safest, most-efficient position to power through a movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the unfamiliar, performing a deadlift may look like a buff man’s work. But if you’ve ever had to pick up your son or daughter, lift a bag of groceries, 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 maintaining proper back position. Cascade will help you maintain the correct position in a workout – both to keep you and others safe as well as to maximize efficiency.

High Intensity

“High Intensity” is a concept that, at first, can be difficult for new CrossFitters to grasp. 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 10 minutes!” People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time as they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.

The beauty of our 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.

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