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So whats all the hype about crossfit?

  • Posted by Catherine Tumelty
  • 25 February 2013

Many exercise regimes have come and gone, as people get excited about something new, try it for a while before dumping it and moving on to the next thing.

Will the same be said about the hype of CrossFit? For those who have never heard of CrossFit, it’s often defined as a “Core and Conditional Program”. The CrossFit website describes it as “the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations unites, champion martial artists” as well as elite and professional athletes, such as Olympic athletes. But CrossFit is not just limited to the ‘elite’, it’s for anyone and everyone

What do you mean anyone and everyone can do it when Olympic athletes use it? Well, everyone can do each program that CrossFit offers. However, you can alter the intensity and scaling of each program, making it easily adaptable to a person’s need and physical ability. 

What are some of its benefits? It will give you increased capacity, allowing you to work harder and stronger. You can work out over an amount of time, meaning that whatever you are doing, you can do it all and do it well. Ideally, it gives you the “superior ability to work harder, faster, strong and longer, regardless of the physical demand placed on you”. From the mouth of CrossFit founder, Coach Greg Glassman, “The magic is in the movement, the art is in the programming, the science is in the explanation, and the fun is in the community”. Do you use CrossFit?