|Pulling the sled around the block at CrossFit Singapore. Photo by Laura Liong|
|Coach Kevin cranking out some pull ups. Photo by Laura Liong|
|CrossFit Culture. Photo by Laura Liong|
How can this be? Can grandmothers really participate in workouts that "are universally regarded as being the toughest workouts in every athlete's experience."? Coach Glassman says that "the needs of our grandparents and soldiers differ in degree, not kind.” Those needs would be to build a broad and general functional competence, in such movements as squatting, picking things up off the ground, putting things overhead, pulling ourselves up, running, and jumping. The key to the all-inclusive nature of CrossFit's training program is the ability to scale, or tune the workload to match each individual athlete's abilities.
|Richard performing the Snatch, an Olympic weightlifting movement practiced in CrossFit. Photo by Laura Liong|
One thing is for sure, CrossFit has changed the way I train. Permanently.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity. The aim of CrossFit is to develop total fitness as defined by these ten physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, ﬂexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.