8.11.16 Throw Back Thursday – The Origin of CrossFit

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Did you ever wonder where this “CrossFit” thing came from?  Who invented it?  Why are so many people doing it?  How does it work so well?


CrossFit is a fitness regimen founded by Greg Glassman in 2000 and developed over several decades. Glassman, CrossFit’s Founder and CEO, was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. He then created a program specifically designed to improve fitness and health.

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
■ Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
■ Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
■ Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy.  Keep workouts short and intense.
■ Regularly learn and play new sports.
Source:  www.crossfit.com


If you really want to geek-out on CrossFit and some of the science behind it, read the article linked below.  It was written back in 2002 and lays the groundwork for what we know as CrossFit today:

What is Fitness? October 2002

If that’s not enough and you really, REALLY want to geek out on fitness, sign yourself up for the CrossFit Level 1 certification.  It’ll teach you EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about functional fitness.  It’s a fantastic course.


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