Tuesday, Dec. 20

Some of you have talked about trying to explain CrossFit to your friends and family and it can be a little difficult sometimes. The phrase "Constantly varied, functional movement done at high intensity" is maybe the best scientific definition of what we do, but doesn't necessarily mean anything to a lot of people. If you really break it down it becomes pretty simple... Constantly varied - We are always changing the movements, the duration, the intensity, the weight and anything else we can think of. This means our bodies are always adapting and we can avoid the plateau. It also means having a much more enjoyable gym experience for a lot of us. It DOES NOT mean random. We program strength work and metabolic conditioning in a way that will give you the best benefit over time. We avoid hitting the same muscle groups over and over so they can recover and get stronger.

Functional movement - Movements that are natural. We squat (sit down, stand up), pick up things, throw stuff, put stuff above our head on a shelf, etc... We do this stuff every day so we mimic these movements in our workouts. Functional movements are safe and very effective and will help us be better at daily life.

High Intensity - Intensity is always a tricky one. There's a strict definition and then there's relative intensity. Right now, focus on the relative intensity. It's different for everyone and just because someones times are faster, doesn't mean they had more intensity in the workout. Relative intensity is how hard you are working based on your capacity. We want you to push yourself, while remaining safe, so that you can maximize the return on your work.

This is a very simplified explanation of all of these. Hopefully it will help you next time you need to explain CrossFit to a friend. Hopefully it will encourage them to give it a try. Here's a link to CrossFit founder Greg Glassman defining CrossFit. It's a bunch of his speeches edited together and isn't too long. Let me know if you ever need help explaining what we are doing.

Workout for Tuesday, Dec. 20 Warmup Run 10 lengths 3 Rounds 10 Roll to V 10 Fire Hydrants each leg 10 Mountain Climbers each leg 10 Groiners

Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5

10 Minute AMRAP 10 Box Jumps 10 Toes to Bar 40 m Bear Crawl