CrossFit is increasing in popularity but it still has a huge range of stigma around it where there is a misconception you need to be fit to take part, which causes people to avoid joining in!

CrossFit is for everyone, all shapes, sizes and abilities and It’s more than just a workout, it’s a culture grounded in constantly varied functional movements but done at a relatively high intensity to each person who performs the workout. 

Basically , it’s not your typical workout and here is why it can positively  impact you more than you may have realised.

Defining CrossFit: Functional Movements

At the core of CrossFit lies a commitment to functional movements. But what exactly are functional movements? 

In simple terms, they’re the types of movements you do every day—like deadlifting to pick up something from the floor – lifting a box. These movements mimic real-life activities, they are built into our DNA and are essential for independent living.

Functional movements are not just about what you do in the gym; they’re about preparing your body for the demands of everyday life. Think of it as training for the tasks you encounter outside the gym—carrying shopping, pushing a pushchair, or lifting a heavy object, like kids for example!

The Science Behind Functional Movements

Functional movements are characterised by their ability to move large loads over long distances quickly. They’re natural, essential movements that engage multiple muscle groups and promote overall strength and work capacity. These movements translate into real-life scenarios, making it easier for you to handle everyday tasks.

But it’s not just about mimicking everyday activities; it’s about generating high power output. Functional movements are capable of producing significant force over a short period—a key aspect of CrossFit’s approach to fitness.

Why Functional Fitness Matters

Functional fitness isn’t just for athletes or gym enthusiasts—it’s for everyone. Whether you’re a parent, a professional, or a weekend warrior, functional fitness can enhance your quality of life. By improving your strength, balance, and flexibility (3 elements of the 10 general physical skills), you’ll move more efficiently and reduce your risk of injury.

So, it’s not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good and performing at your best in all aspects of life. By prioritising functional movements, you’ll build a body that’s capable, resilient, and ready for whatever challenges come your way.

How CrossFit Is The Ultimate Functional Fitness Programme

So, how does CrossFit fit into the picture? CrossFit is more than just a workout—it’s a holistic approach to functional fitness. By combining constantly varied workouts with high-intensity training, CrossFit challenges your body.

But CrossFit isn’t just about lifting weights or running on a treadmill. It’s about getting proficient at functional movements like squatting, running, jumping, and lifting. It’s about MCI – mechanics, consistency and then intensity. These movements build our overall work capacity which essentially means doing more work in less time —becoming fitter.

Getting Started with CrossFit

If you’re new to CrossFit or unsure where to begin, don’t worry. CrossFit is scalable and adaptable to all fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete (remember the term athlete is a person who is trained or skilled across the 10 general physical skills), there’s a place for you in the CrossFit community.

If you’re thinking how CrossFit could make your life easier, try signing up for a free trial class at CrossFit Choice and see firsthand how functional fitness is incorporated into our workouts. Our expert coaches will guide you through challenging yet scalable workouts designed to improve your overall fitness and well-being.

Book here for your free trial class