What is CrossFit?

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This past April, CrossFit Games athlete Austin Malleolo ran the Boston Marathon just 2 hours after deadlifting 600 pounds.  You can read more about it HERE

Was his marathon fast?  It was average at best, running it in about 4.5 hours.

Was his deadlift heavy?  Definitely above average.  In fact, likely good enough to win some local powerlifting meets for Austin’s bodyweight.  Just take a moment to think about how many 45# plates you would need on a barbell to equate to 600 lbs…

Shortly after this amazing feat of strength and endurance, it didn’t take long for the internet to find something wrong with this picture.  Mainly about how slow the marathon was for a professional athlete who, for many years, has tried to earn the title of “Fittest on Earth”.

But what Austin did that day was give us a snapshot of what CrossFit is.  It’s a strength and conditioning program that helps us become equipped with some incredible range!  And while we will only be watching athletes like Austin compete in Madison, WI for title of fittest on earth, we can still appreciate the fact that when we deadlift, or run 400m repeats, we’re at least getting ourselves ready for whatever life throws our way, and sharing some laughs in the process.

CrossFit workouts are hard, but describing the CrossFit program might be harder. At CF 7070 workouts are:

  • Different every day
  • Constantly coached
  • Always pushing the learning curve
  • Safe
  • Fun.

CrossFit was invented by Greg Glassman in Santa Cruz. To date, there are over 16,000 official CrossFit gyms (and thousands of lesser knockoffs.)

Understanding CrossFit starts with Glassman’s original article, “What Is Fitness?” Click here to read all about it!


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