CrossFit has a fundamental belief in fitness. The idea is that there is a physical capacity that would lend itself generally well to any and all contingencies—to the likely, to the unlikely, to the known, to the unknown. This physical capacity is different than the fitness required for sports. In sports, specific requirements are necessary. A baseball pitcher needs to throw hard, a sprinter needs to run fast, and a football lineman needs to be strong. But the average adult needs to have a well-rounded level fitness: fast in sprints and long distances, strong, flexible, balanced, accurate, etc. The average adult doesn’t know if he or she needs to fast enough to catch a running toddler headed for a busy street, strong enough to store Christmas decorations in the attic, or have the heart & lung conditioning to withstand surgery after a car crash.
The methodology that drives CrossFit is entirely based on data. We believe that meaningful statements about safety, efficacy, and efficiency, the three most important and interdependent facets to evaluate any fitness program, can be supported only by measurable, observable, repeatable data.
In implementation, CrossFit is, quite simply, the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.