THE CROSSFIT PRINCIPLE
The basic tenets of the CrossFit programming are functional movements, constantly varied at high intensity.
Several key aspects make a movement functional:
- Movements that mimic the natural movement patterns we perform in our everyday lives (also known as universal motor recruitment patterns).
- Movements that are compound and multi-joint, that recruit muscles in waves of contractions from core to extremity.
- Movements that are capable of moving a large load over a long distance quickly.
CrossFit programming introduces variety in a number of ways. First, we train with a variety of functional movements. We then combine them in different ways, varying repetitions, sets, weight, order of exercises, rest periods and other factors.
Introducing variety into programming allows us to include the range of activities required to develop a broad, general and inclusive level of fitness. Variety is also the best defense against everyone’s nemesis: training plateau – a frustrating point at which, regardless of effort, fitness gains become stagnant. With the variety employed in CrossFit programming, we rarely see plateau in our members’ training. Finally, variety keeps a program interesting. Performing a different workout every time you visit the gym provides a novel aspect to training.
There are many clichés about work and reward. “You get what you put in.” “You reap what you sow.” But if you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll be rewarded for doing so. This tenet applies as much to CrossFit as it does to virtually all aspects of life.
CrossFit believes in “relative intensity,” meaning that we all feel the effects of exercise differently. Different people have different mental fortitudes. A person should therefore train CrossFit at a level of intensity congruent with their own abilities and desired results. The elderly gentleman who started CrossFit one month ago because he was frustrated by his lack of energy whilst caring for his grandchild will not be training at the level of intensity as the 25-year-old ex-track athlete training to get back into competition.
Combined, these three principles guide our programming and are the reason why we continually produce such great results.