CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. Fitness is the physical ability to do real work.
CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness – a level of fitness for everyone that allows them to do whatever it is they desire to do with their bodies. CrossFit builds a program that best prepares participants for any physical possibility. Founder and CEO Coach Greg Glassman and those working with him today look at all sport and physical tasks collectively to determine the physical skills and adaptations that most universally lend themselves to true fitness and to performance advantage. In other words, CrossFit’s specialty is not specializing.
CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of its effectiveness.
Nutrition plays a critical role in your fitness. Proper nutrition can amplify or diminish the effect of your training efforts. Effective nutrition is moderate in protein, carbohydrate and fat. Forget about the trendy high-carbohydrate, low-fat and low-protein diet — 70% carbohydrate, 20% protein and 10% fat may work for your rabbit, but it won’t do anything for you except increase your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease or leave you weak and sickly. Balanced macronutrient and healthy nutrition looks more like 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat.
- Recommendations from CrossFit: http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/start-diet.html
- Paleolithic (Caveman) Diet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet
- Recommended Introductory Reading: http://community.crossfit.com/recommended-introductory-content
- What is Fitness? by Greg Glassman: http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_Trial_04_2012.pdf
- CrossFit (corporate website): http://crossfit.com
- CrossFit Journal: http://journal.crossfit.com
- CrossFit Community: http://community.crossfit.com
- Paratroopers Get Fit With CrossFit Training: http://www.military.com/military-fitness/air-force-fitness/paratroopers-get-fit-with-crossfit-training