CrossFit: Continually varying, functional movements done at high intensity.
CrossFit is about utilizing every muscle in your body, so that no domain goes untrained. It is about identifying weaknesses and improving on them. It is about gaining functional strength and better health. CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. There are over 4,000 affiliate gyms across the globe that train clients using the CrossFit methodology. CrossFit UNC-CH is one of those affiliates- the first not for profit affiliate run by students.
It is CrossFit’s philosophy that everyone has the same physical needs. Essentially, everyone needs to develop cardio respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility. This can be done very effectively through the use of this program. This is because the workouts can be scaled to any physical level, the scaling allows for each athlete to safely work his way into elite shape.
This program is a test of will, a time of intensity, and the most effective workout in use today. The physical well being of our athletes expands tremendously, many people progress from not being able to perform a pull up, to being able to fire through sets of 20. Although results are dependent on your work ethic and effort, results will be seen in CrossFit more than in any other program.
With CrossFit many of the problems that athletes experience with their common workouts are avoided. Because of the variety of the workouts there is no plateau period that is reached, which allows for results to just tabulate. Another advantage to CrossFit because of the intensity and variety of the workouts is that boredom does not exist while in the gym.
CrossFit is also competitive. Every workout can be measured, so there is a definitive instrument to gauge your performance. For this reason, when you complete a CrossFit WOD alongside other participants, your individual effort hits an all time high. The people who workout around you motivate you through both competition and encouragement. Everyone wants to do the best they can, but they also empathize with the others around them, and want to see success for everyone.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive, a fitness that is useful in every aspect of life.