What is Crossfit?
Crossfit was developed as a strength and conditioning program for police academies, military units, and elite athletes. It delivers fitness that is broad, general, and inclusive. Rather than focusing on specific skill sets or muscle groups, Crossfit involves constantly varied workouts to develop total fitness. Any individual is capable of participating in a Crossfit program. Whether you’re an elite athlete looking to reach a new level of success or a 60-something retired person wishing to improve daily functionality, Crossfit will help you reach your goals. Looking to lose weight? With Crossfit, you will. You’ll also discover that your body is capable of feats you never thought possible.
What kind of exercises will I do?
Our workouts of the day (or WODs, for short) use a variety of training methods including Olympic weight lifting, gymnastics, power lifting, rowing, running, squat variations, jump roping, kettlebell and medicine ball training, and calisthenic/plyometric training. By doing workouts in constantly varying combinations of these and other exercises, your body develops broad functionality.
Why is Crossfit more expensive than an average gym membership?
In an average workout at CrossFit Training Valley, you’re in a small class setting under the direct supervision of a professional trainer. Our coaches work closely with you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your workout in the safest manner possible. We encourage you to try out one of our free Saturday workouts to experience one of our classes for yourself.
What’s so special about Crossfit?
Besides the great results we love from Crossfit, it’s also fun. Instead of boring routines (back/bi’s, chest/tri’s, leg/shoulder’s, abs/cardio) on boring equipment (machine with cables, chains, cords, and electronics) you get a new challenge in every workout. And when you step into our box for a group workout, you join a community. Participants in each class do the same workout, scaled or modified to suit their abilities. You’re not only competing against yourself, working to get fitter and reach your goals, you also have peers and friends to compete against. The shared experience of our daily workouts brings crossfitters together–supporting and cheering each other on through each challenging WOD. You will teach your body to move and work as one strong unit, gaining and regaining abilities you never thought possible.
It’s a great, diverse group of people committed to working hard and getting the most out of every workout.
How does my current /past training program compare to CrossFit training?
CrossFit makes use of three different standards or models for evaluating and guiding fitness. Collectively, these three standards define the
CrossFit view of fitness. The first is based on the ten general physical skills widely recognized by exercise physiologists. The second standard, or
model, is based on the performance of athletic tasks, while the third is based on the energy systems that drive all human action.
1) GENERAL PHYSICAL SKILLS
If your goal is optimum physical competence then all the general physical skills must be considered:
1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance- The ability of body systems togather, process, and deliver oxygen.
2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
4. Flexibility – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units,to apply maximum force in minimum time.
6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
2) Fitness requires an ability to perform well at all tasks, even unfamiliar tasks, tasks combined in infinitely
varying combinations. In practice this encourages the athlete to disinvest in any set notions of sets, rest periods, reps, exercises, order
of exercises, routines, periodization, etc. Nature frequently provides largely unforeseeable challenges; train for that by striving to
keep the training stimulus broad and constantly varied.
3) There are three metabolic pathways that provide the energy for all human action. These “metabolic engines” are known as the phosphagen
pathway, the glycolytic pathway, and the oxidative pathway. The first, the phosphagen, dominates the highest-powered activities, those that last
less than about ten seconds. The second pathway, the glycolytic, dominates moderate-powered activities, those that last up to several minutes.
The third pathway, the oxidative, dominates low-powered activities, those that last in excess of several minutes.