CrossFit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. It defines fitness as increased work capacity across all these domains and says its program achieves this by provoking neurologic and hormonal adaptations across all metabolic pathways.
CrossFit athletes run, row, jump rope, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over short distances, and use powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises. CrossFit is used in nearly 2,000 gyms worldwide and by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations including the Canadian Forces and the Royal Danish Life Guards.
To learn even more about CrossFit, where it comes from, its basic principles and all the latest CrossFit news, check out the following great list of resources:
CrossFit.com - where it all started
- What is CrossFit?
- CrossFit FAQ
- Videos of CrossFit exercises
- Online CrossFit Journal with the latest articles, videos, tutorials and more.
- Weekly podcast on CrossFit Radio
MobilityWOD.com - Site by Kelly Starrett who owns San Francisco CrossFit, is one of the best Physical Therapists around and is an expert in Movement & Mobility. Kelly posts a free Mobility workout every day to work on basic maintenence on the body because we all know that CrossFit can make you tight and sore in a lot of places. If you have a specific part of the body that is tight, check this site out and find a video that can help.
CrossFit Endurance – For those who want to improve & work on their endurance training, this is the place to go. Brian MacKenzie has created an amazing hybrid of CrossFit and Endurance training that has made endurance athletes stronger and more capable than ever. They post free workouts every day and provide special certifications on running efficiency, endurance training methods and most recently, endurance swimming.
CrossFit Football – CrossFit tailored for American Football. Created by an ex-NFLer.
Reebok CrossFit Games – Official site for annual World-wide CrossFit competition sponsored by Reebok.
CrossFit Kids – Official site of CrossFit tailored to kids.
SicFit - Site with tons of videos, blog posts and news updates on all that is “going-on” in the Crossfit communities.
If you have any CrossFit resources you think should be added to the list, contact us and we will review your suggestions.