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What Is CrossFit?

Constantly Varied, Functional Movement, High Intensity

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to achieve an individual’s optimal fitness. Optimal fitness is achieved through “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” In short, this means combining fitness elements of Olympic Weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing, and core conditioning to improve overall strength, speed, endurance and flexibility.

Constantly Varied

“Constantly Varied” means that every day brings a different workout (or “WOD”), incorporating any combination of these elements. At CrossFit West Springfield you will practice squats, dips, cleans, jerks, snatches and deadlifts as well as rowing, running and box jumps. You will learn to jump rope, climb ropes, swing kettle bells and pull sleds. You will work on pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstands, push-ups, and hand-stand push-ups. These workouts and exercises are specifically designed to work on different muscle groups and/or cardiovascular strength.

Functional Movement

“Functional Movement” refers to maintaining the safest, most-efficient position to maximize power for any movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, lifting a weighted object off the ground multiple times. But if you’ve ever had to lift a box and carry it up a flight of stairs, or lift a child to your shoulder, you already know the movement. Cleaning a medicine ball may appear odd, but consider what your body does when you place your suitcase in a plane’s overhead compartment. If you’ve ever lifted a heavy bag of dog food or garden mulch, no one needs to tell you the importance of protecting your back. CrossFit West Springfield will help you maintain the correct position in your workouts – and carry those skills over into your everyday life.


“High Intensity” is a concept that at first can be difficult for new CrossFitters to grasp. If you are used to long-distance running or spending hours on the elliptical, it might seem different to be in-and-out of the gym in an hour. At CrossFit West Springfield your workout may range from 8-25 minutes, but the outcome will show that intensity produces results. People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time as they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.

This article from The CrossFit Journal is a great introduction to the foundations of the CrossFit methodology: CrossFit Foundations

We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit® philosophy and methodology at:

Constantly Varied

High Intensity

Functional Movement

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