The Intensity of CrossFit and Why It Is Misunderstand

The Intensity of CrossFit and Why It Is Misunderstand

CrossFit by definition is functional movements performed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains. Broken down this means:

Functional Movement- You are not strapped into a machine. You must use your entire body and all your physical attributes to accomplish the movement. These are the movements that prepare us for everyday life and makes us healthier, stronger humans.

High Intensity- CrossFit has the reputation of being “too hard” or “too intense.” But there are different levels of intensity and those need to be understand by the coaches and the athletes. More on this in a second.

Broad  Time- We like to train all different time variables.  From :30 to 30 minutes and everywhere in between (Sometimes even longer)

Modal Domain- This is whatever you are doing that day. Could be gymnastics, weightlifting, running, biking, or swimming. Or it can be all three.

Now that we cleared up the definition of CrossFit I want to focus on one aspect. High Intensity. There is a word missing from the definition that needs to be understood. Ready? It is a game changer….

RELATIVE High Intensity.

This needs to be understood from day one. CrossFit is in fact FOR EVERYONE. Everyone can do it and everyone can benefit from it. The issue is that most people think that CrossFit is too intense for them or they have to be in shape before even trying out CrossFit.  

Intensity is an important part of the program. Constantly varied functional movements performed at a relative high intensity. This is where the results are made.  But intensity is like a powerful drug. You want to get the right dose. Too little and you don’t get the desired results. Too much, and it could actually be detrimental. This holds true for your workout as well. We want to provide the minimum effective dose to obtain positive adaptations in all measures of fitness, without sacrificing rest and recovery.

In other words, more is not always better. 

Think of a plant that needs water to survive and grow. If you water it with a glass of water once a week, it might not be enough to keep the plant alive. But If you water it with a gallon jug several times a day, you’ll drown the plant. Same goes for the stress you put on your body in the gym. You have to give your body time to adapt to that stress just like you have to give the plant time to absorb and use the water before adding more. 

Everyone has to start somewhere with their fitness journey. It doesn’t matter if you have been sitting around for the last 6 months (or longer), it doesn’t matter if you are overweight, it doesn’t matter if you are a marathon runner. The goal here at CrossFit Peekskill is to get fit, make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people and blow off some steam. So remember that. Relax. Have Fun. Workout. If your interested in learning more and how to get started Sign up for a “No sweat intro” today!  We will talk about what your fitness goals are in addition to helping you pick the right program tailored specifically for you.  Part of what makes CrossFit Peekskill different from every other gym out there is the personal attention we give in talking about nutrition, goal setting and lifestyle.