What is CrossFit


What is CrossFit?

Before I try to explain the technical definition of CrossFit and the philosophy behind it, I would like to describe what CrossFit is and is not.

Crossfit 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.

– Coach Glassman, CrossFit Founder
CrossFit is HARD! CrossFit will push the physical limits that you did not know that you had. Please make sure that you consult your physician before attempting any CrossFit workout and start slowly, especially if you are new to fitness and this type of training.

CrossFit is not pretty! We don’t care about image, mirrors, how I look, pretty equipment, etc. Get it done quickly and safely is the ultimate goal. We do what works in the most efficient manner to make us better athletes,nothing more or less is needed. If running with my hands over my head wearing pink bunny slippers makes me faster then I am looking for a pair of pink bunny slippers.

CrossFit is truly functional! Our goal is to make you better at doing the multitude of things that youdo in life… lift, move, throw, twist, turn, run, jump, pull up, push down, etc.

CrossFit is not specialized sport training!We want to make you a better athlete at everything athletic, the total package, not just one piece of the puzzle.

CrossFit WORKS!

CrossFit does not cater to you!   We  don’t do what you feel like doing that day.   We don’t accept your excuses of why something is this way or something is that way.  SO WHAT!   Life punishes those who only do what they want to.   We tackle what you hate, what you fear the most or what you are the worst at doing.    TACKLE YOUR FEARS AND WEAKNESSES FIRST AND THEY WILL BECOME YOUR STRENGTHS.

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity over broad time and modal domains.   CrossFit challenges you to try new sports and to follow at a minimum, these basic guidelines for nutrition.  Eat fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds, and very few starches and sugars.     let me break this down for you….

Constantly Varied:   Yes we vary the workouts so it seems like nothing is the same but that is not true.  There is a method behind the madness while it seems that every workout is completely random.

Functional Movements:  Multi-joint compound movements that are applicable to life.    The movements are broken down into 3 categories:

Weightlifting:  moving an outside force i.e dealift, squat, clean and jerk, snatch, thruster,etc.

Gymnastics:  moving the body i.e. air squat, pull up, push up, muscle up, box jump, dip, etc.

Monostructural:  typical “cardio” i.e. running, swimming, rowing, biking, etc.

High Intensity:   We walk the fine line between high intensity and the degradation of form that comes at that intensity.  We do not allow dangerous form for speed at any time.

Broad Time and Modal Domains: Some workouts are based on a task priority(accomplish the goal).  Other workouts are based on a time priority.(do as much as you can in x amount of time) By varying the priority, it enables athletes to get comfortable attacking any workout

A quote from Greg Glassman

“CrossFit is in large part derived from several simple observations garnered through hanging out with athletes for thirty years and willingness, if not eagerness, to experiment coupled with a total disregard for conventional wisdom. Let me share some of the more formative of these observations:

1. Gymnasts learn new sports faster than other athletes.
2. Olympic lifters can apply more useful power to more activities than other athletes.
3. Powerlifters are stronger than other athletes.
4. Sprinters can match the cardiovascular performance of endurance athletes  even at extended efforts.
5. Endurance athletes are woefully lacking in total physical capacity.
6. With high carb diets you either get fat or weak.
7. Bodybuilders can’t punch, jump, run, or throw like athletes can.
8. Segmenting training efforts delivers a segmented capacity.
9. Optimizing physical capacity requires training at unsustainable intensities.
10. The world’s most successful athletes and coaches rely on exercise science the way deer hunters rely on the accordion.”.

Mission Statement:   CrossFit Greensboro will provide the highest quality of instruction and coaching in NC in order to guide and help athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all backgrounds and sports to reach their realized and unrealized goals!

Why CrossFit Greensboro?  We truly want to help you reach your fitness and athletic goals.  All 5 of our coaches are hand picked and chosen for their knowlege, background, desire to help people, and their passion for fitness.   We all bring a varied background that allows us a synergy effect while coaching.   Our team is committed to helping you reach goals that you have and ones that you haven’t developed yet.

Here are some other reasons…

  • 1000 Sq Feet of Olympic Lifting Platforms
  • Pendlay Olympic Lifting bars and thousands of pounds of bumper plates
  • Tires for flipping, sand bags for carrying, and rowers for rowing
  • Kettlebells all the way up to 72 pounds for the “Big Boys”
  • Pull up bars for 20 people with bands and a machine for assistance
  • Med balls up to 30 pounds
  • 10 sets of gymnastic rings
  • Paralletes for hand stands and L-sits
  • Vertimax for jump training
  • Glute hand developers for building the ultimate strong core
  • Dot mats for agility and change of direction speed
  • Fireman dummy and airpack for specific course training
  • Boxes up to 50″ for jumping and the triple tire at 59″
  • Running bands to work on knee drive and running technique
  • Finally, a rope for climbing!

We do a little bit of everything!!