Constantly varied, constantly building a better you
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weightlifting.. A CrossFit strength and conditioning program is constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains, with the stated goal of improving fitness, which is defined as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”
CrossFit Uncut runs hour-long classes typically including a warm-up, a skill development segment or strength focused movement segment, and the high-intensity “workout of the day” (or WOD). The programming is developed to ensure that progress across micro- and macro-cycles is optimised. For example gymnastic or weight lifting skills may begin with a scaled version of a skill, that is then developed over a period of weeks or months until the individual has mastered the unscaled (referred to as “as prescribed” or Rx) skill. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress.
CrossFit Uncut uses equipment from multiple disciplines, including barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyo boxes, resistance bands, and rowing machines. CrossFit is focused on “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement,” drawing on categories and exercises such as these: calisthenics, Olympic-style weightlifting, powerlifting, Strongman-type events, plyometrics, body weight exercises, indoor rowing, aerobic exercise, and running.
“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.