Livekick Team | Jan. 25, 2018

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen created by Greg Glassman, with 4 million devotees and more than 13,000 gyms located in over 120 countries. According to Quantcast Analytics report, the vast majority of CrossFit members are between 24 and 34 years old, with equal representation of men and women. Forty percent of CrossFit members have post-graduate degrees and over half have a household income greater than $150,000. If you haven't heard of it, you might want to check the size of the rock you've been living under.

Why try it?

A CrossFit workout consists of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit is great for those who want to be challenged to do more than they think they can. CrossFit workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman, kettlebell lifting and calisthenics among other exercises.

How does it work?

CrossFit “workouts of the day” (WOD) change daily, as the name indicates, and often include a metabolic conditioning session. A “met-con” includes as many rounds and repetitions as possible in a given amount of time. One WOD can consist of a 200m run or row and series of pull-ups while another can consist of burpees, box jumps and kettlebell swings. The movements, reps and rounds always vary so you never know what to expect!

Who are the trainers?

To become a certified CrossFit coach, one must go through a series of four training levels with over 1500 hours of active fitness coaching and then pass the exam.

What is the promise?

"CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains," says founder Greg Glassman in the Foundations document. Those domains are: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.