In CrossFit

October 01, 2004

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Coach Greg Glassman offers a beginner’s guide to CrossFit that focuses on problems and solutions. Nearly every aspect of our model is at odds with the fitness magazines and programming in commercial facilities. CrossFit is a leader in the fitness community.

By definition functional exercises call for an essential bit of human capacity. Due to strength or injury, often a particular exercise is not immediately possible. In nearly every case what we do is find a method to reduce the load to insignificant levels while preserving precisely the line of action or substitute movements of similar lines of action that will prepare for the missing capacity. Any weightlifting exercise can be done with a broomstick or PVC pipe. Every bodyweight exercise can be substituted with gateway movements.

The CrossFit approach is to embrace, study, practice, and train for functional mastery. CrossFitters at every level are on the same path - moving from functional competence to functional dominance.

Not being able to complete a WOD doesn’t mean that you can’t do CrossFit. Taking a WOD and reducing the load, cutting the reps, dropping a set, taking longer rests, and sitting down three times during the workout is still doing CrossFit. In making these modifications the athlete is merely turning down the intensity.

Expecting elite fitness from comfortable efforts is naïve, while going too fast is dooming. Our simple charter of functionality, intensity, and variance gives so much latitude that resources cannot be a serious obstacle to CrossFit training.

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7 Comments on “A Beginner's Guide to CrossFit”

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Wow, I'd never read this article. I am new to Crossfit and love any ideas on spreading the word.

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I have just started doing crossfit and love it!! I find myself looking forward to each class. I am extremely glad to be a part of it and spreading the word!!

Lila Whatley

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Alot of people are intimidated by CrossFit because they don't think they can complete the WODs. Scalability is one of the most important aspects of the program when it comes to attracting new people.
-Rick
Aliso CrossFit
Aliso Viejo, CA

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I have a lot of significant orthopedic issues that prohibit me from doing a prescription WOD -- but, what's great about CrossFit is that even though I can't physically do what everyone else is doing, I can still get a great workout in spite of my limitations.

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hi, I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN PRACTICING CROSSFIT IN GYE, ECUADOR ANY RECOMENDATION TO DO IT IN MY COUNTRY, THANKS

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I am new to cross fit. I am an ex college athlete and I would consider myself in pretty good shape bit I am excited about the journey I have ahead with doing cross fit.

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I want to start crossfitting ! I am so excited and have heard so much about it. How do I start this whole process?

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