What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a mix of weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting.  We take movements from those areas and mix them into as many different combinations as possible.  Greg Glassman founded CrossFit, Inc. in 2000 on the premise that “constantly varied, functional movement executed at a high intensity” is the surest path to fitness for everyone.  In other words, whether you’re just looking to fit into those skinny jeans or training for the special forces, CrossFit will help you do it.

“Constantly Varied” means that the workout of the day (“WOD”) is always different.  Life is unpredictable, and training variance will prepare you for whatever life throws at you, plus keep your body adapting and keep you from getting bored.  At Underwood Park CrossFit, you (yes, you!) will jump rope, swing kettlebells, and leap onto boxes.  You’ll work on pull-ups, handstands, dips, clean-and-jerks, snatches, deadlifts, squats, presses, and running.  All of these elements are strategically mixed together to improve every aspect of your physical performance

“Functional Movement” just means the safest and most efficient way to accomplish a physical task.  A lot of people look at CrossFit and say we do crazy stuff, but most of it just mirrors things we do in daily life.  Deadlifts are how we pick up that bag of dog food, burpees are how we get off the ground, squats are how we get out of a chair.  At Underwood Park CrossFit, you’ll learn how to move in the safest and most efficient ways a human can move.

“High Intensity” means that the harder you push yourself, the better your results will be.  This doesn’t mean that you should be foolish and squat until you black out, but it means that you should be ready to work hard.  We measure intensity by how much effort we put forth, not how long the effort is.  Our workouts are short, and new people are often skeptical that a 12 minute workout can ever match 3 hours in the gym, but give it a try and you’ll see for yourself just how intense 12 minutes can be!

Learn more about CrossFit’s methodology at CrossFit.com, or get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to tell you more about our program!