WHAT IS CROSSFIT?


CrossFit is for everyone. We will get you in the best shape of your life no matter who you are.

 

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CrossFit is Functional 

Functional movements in the gym are those that replicate movement in real life or sport. For example, nearly every day in life, you bend over and pick something up.  We ‘practice’ that with a movement like the deadlift. Now think for a moment - when’s the last time you did a bicep curl during your normal day?  Can’t remember?  Neither can we. That, in our definition is NOT function - neither are flys, lateral raises, tricep kick backs, or any other isolated joint movement for the purpose of making one muscle bigger or stronger.  Are those movements bad?  No.  But in terms of the functionality of your body, don’t really have a place in training (unless you’re rehabbing an injury).

 

CrossFit is Intensity

How much work can you do in a given period of time? The more you can do, the fitter you are, and the higher the intensity of your training. To get this intensity, we we push it right to the edge of “the cliff”... and practice staying there. This ‘red zone’ is extremely risky. One false move, and you’re off the edge… pukie, injury, extreme soreness.  But when you’re not close enough, it usually means your results are compromised.  CrossFit will challenge you to train in that zone.  It’s neither easy nor simple, and is something that takes desire, commitment, and practice. One thing to remember, intensity is determined by your ability to hold good form - we never recommend speed at the expense of form.

 

CrossFit is Variety 

In CrossFit’s definition of fitness, being functionally capable across a broad array of fitness related skills is of primary importance.  These skills include strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, power, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.  If you want to be good in ALL of these areas, variety is a must. To get this variety, we use movements and training techniques and skills from the sports of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.  We also sprinkle in the use of kettle bells, plyometrics, medicine balls, calisthenics, and sprinting.  CrossFit specializes in NOT-specializing.  Any athlete from any sport can use CrossFit as a training method, and return to their sport better, faster, stronger, more capable.

 

I’m not that fit. Is CrossFit for me?  

The only difference between the training needs of an elite athlete and an ‘average joe’ is weight, volume, and speed.  What does that mean?  Essentially it means that all the movements we do in CrossFit are universal in their ability to improve performance. Making an adjustment in a workout for a beginner is something we call ‘scaling’ a workout. What's scaling? That's the part of CrossFit many people don't understand. They see those crazy YouTube videos or The CrossFit Games on ESPN and conclude CrossFit isn't for them. Wrong! 

Scaling means we will always adjust the workout to your individual ability level.  Whether its reducing the total reps or rounds, reducing the distance, eliminating the clock, reducing the weight, and/or reducing the complexity of a movement. This is something we do all the time and we’re really good at at CrossFit Hard. We will meet you where you are, starting in our On-Ramp program.

 

If you are someone who:

  • Is looking to get in shape but can’t face going to a gym

  • Has lost interest in your gym routine

  • Thinks you don’t have time to exercise

  • Is looking to get faster or stronger in your sport

  • Is no longer seeing results with your current training regime, OR

  • Just plain wants to look good in a bathing suit

Then CrossFit is for YOU.

Our classes take place at our beautiful, brand new, state of the art facility in North Bethesda, MD. Every workout is different, and since you will rarely do the same thing twice, you are less likely to lose interest or get bored than if you were doing the same circuits at the gym three days a week. Because our workouts are rarely more than 45 minutes long they can fit into even the busiest schedules. To learn more about what people from all walks of life have to say, check out two videos below:

You haven't heard of CrossFit? Let me tell you about CrossFit. CrossFit is a lifestyle in which you are prioritizing your health. The ability to do many different things at a high level of intensity. I think it's the absolute best way to help you reach your fitness goals.

The Sport of Fitness has arrived - and that sport is CrossFit. Find out about the revolutionary strength and conditioning program. 

 

 

World-Class Fitness in 100 words:

 

"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports."

- Greg Glassman

 

 

 

Contact us for a Free Transformation session – we would love to get to know you!

 

Our competition is not other CrossFit affiliates; it’s the Globo-Gyms and the couch potatoes. We want you to find the right CrossFit facility for you. In fact, we so deeply believe in CrossFit and the community it provides, that we encourage you to check out these other local CrossFit Affiliates. If our box is not the one you want to call home, we are certain that one of these other ones will fit your needs.

CrossFit Done Right - Rock Creek CrossFit - CrossFit Bethesda - CrossFit Silver Spring  

CrossFit Extreme Fitness - CrossFit Koncepts - CrossFit DTR

See the article How to Pick the Right Box for You

 

 

 

 

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