CrossFit is remarkably simple, general strength and conditioning program that will transform the way you think about health and fitness. Yes, it’s THAT effective! It will do this by exposing you to functional movements at appropriately high intensity, with a ton of variety. The result is long-lasting, evidence-based improvements in your health and fitness. This means that the results you will see for yourself – the evidence – will prove to you that you’re on the right track. And you will probably be making the greatest improvements of your life. How do I know this? Because it happened to me, and still is!
I’ve been CrossFitting since 2004. When I began, I was a professionally sponsored Adventure Racer. Each week, I was running 35+ miles, cycling 50, and paddling at least 60 minutes. I stumbled upon CrossFit.com and decided to try a workout. It kicked my a**! This was something that I wasn’t quite prepared for… but not one to back away from a challenge, I decided to give it a try. I temporarily stopped all endurance training, in favor of CrossFit workouts as ‘prescribed’ by the website. I also decided that my ‘litmus test’ would be a 5k run… so I went out and set my baseline time.
Even though workouts were short, they included movements that were completely new to me. So I spent a lot of time in workouts with a lighter load, learning new skills and meant a reduction in intensity in favor of form/practice. This made it all the more intriguing and fun! It was a huge shift for me. I reduced my training time each week by more than 60%, I was doing more functional strength training than ever, and adding in new gymnastic and weightlifting movements. By the end of three months I definitely felt stronger, but would I be as fast in a 5k (as the website touted)? I set out to test it out, and when I crossed the finish line of my 5k, I nearly fell over… 2 1/2 minutes faster! I was hooked! I never thought training in the gym could be this challenging, fun and effective for building everything, even stamina and endurance. And as I found out later, results like these are common, with people that train consistently. And believe it or not, the results for me continue to this day. I’m constantly improving my skill, efficiency and increasing my work capacity – 7 years later.
Below is my take on CrossFit – what it is, why we do it, and who it’s for. Check it out. If you still want more info specifically about CrossFit, you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the page to get to CrossFit.com main site.
When you’re ready, hope to see you here, with us, as part of our awesome CrossFit LA community!