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What is CrossFit?
December 2011 Newsletter
by Ryan Sanneman, Dir. of Mark A. Chapman Wellness Center

Recently I became a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and I would like to introduce you to CrossFit. I took a two day course that introduced me to the skills and philosophy behind CrossFit.

So many people have asked me, “What is CrossFit?”
I could give you the scientific explanation which is “Constantly Varied, High Intensity, Functional Movements.”
Yet this truly doesn’t explain the true concept of CrossFit. I believe the best definition for CrossFit is the “Sport of Fitness.”

So let me give you a brief description on what your workout involves. First we look at the term constantly varied. This basically means you will always be doing something different. High Intensity involves changing rest periods, weight, and length of workout. Functional movements are natural occurring movement we use in our daily lives. One basic example is the squat. Everyday you must perform squats to get out of your vehicle or out of a chair.
Anyone can do CrossFit because every workout can be scaled to fit the needs of the participant. Some people have seen the CrossFit Games on television and get the perception that it is only for young elite athletes.

CrossFit is for anyone looking to improve their overall fitness level. The individuals you see on television are just a small percentage of the people who participate in CrossFit.