What is CrossFit?
“Constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” “Training athletes for the unknown and unknowable.” Functional movements are universal motor recruitment patterns; they are performed in a wave of contraction from core to extremity; and they are compound movements—i.e., they are multi-joint. They are natural, effective, and efficient locomotors of body and external objects.
There are ten recognized general physical skills. You are as fit as you are competent in each of these ten skills. A regimen develops fitness to the extent that it improves each of these ten skills. Importantly, improvements in endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility come about through training. Training refers to activity that improves performance through a measurable organic change in the body. By contrast improvements in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy come about through practice. Practice refers to activity that improves performance through changes in the nervous system. Power and speed are adaptations of both training and practice.
The essence of this model is the view that fitness is about performing well at any and every task imaginable. This model suggests that your fitness can be measured by your capacity to perform well at tasks in relation to other individuals. The implication here is that fitness requires an ability to perform well at all tasks, even unfamiliar tasks, tasks combined in infinitely varying combinations. In practice this encourages the athlete to disinvest in any set notions of sets, rest periods, reps, exercises, order of exercises, routines, periodization, etc. Nature frequently provides largely unforeseeable challenges; train for that by striving to keep the training stimulus broad and constantly varied.
There are three metabolic pathways that provide the energy for all human action. These “metabolic engines” are known as the phosphagen pathway, the glycolytic pathway, and the oxidative pathway.
The first, the phosphagen, dominates the highest-powered activities, those that last less than about ten seconds. The second pathway, the glycolytic, dominates moderate-powered activities, those that last up to several minutes. The third pathway, the oxidative, dominates low-powered activities, those that last in excess of several minute.
What can I expect from CrossFit Reality?
All CrossFit Reality athletes will be subjected to various exercises and workouts that are designed to test their physical abilities in order to better prepare them for all and any activities imaginable. All athletes will be taught the proper methods needed to efficiently progress through a workout before they are expected to perform at their utmost intensity. With the guidance of CrossFit Reality’s dedicated and experienced coaching staff, a CrossFit Reality athlete can expect to learn the basics of CrossFit movements safely and eventually learn how to become the best athlete they can be. Every athlete’s desired level of fitness is attainable at CrossFit Reality.