CrossFit: Sport vs Exercise Program

CrossFit has exploded in popularity as a fun and effective way to get fit.

It’s popularity has evolved because it works for everyday folks who need to maintain their health but is also extremely popular as a competitive event.

Sometimes it is tough for the outside world to see the differences between the sport of CrossFit that they see on TV and the training methodology they would experience in a local gym. Let’s look at some of the key differences between the sport and the training style so you can make an educated decision on adopting CrossFit into your life.

CrossFit in any form without a doubt incorporates functional movement. Using natural human movement patterns like squatting, hinging, and pressing overhead you will experience these patterns. What varies between competition and class is the technical requirements or difficulty, and the loads used in competition.

CrossFit as a Sport vs. CrossFit as an Exercise Program

The best athletes in the world compete in the “CrossFit Games” that you see on TV. This is the “Sport” side of CrossFit. In order to truly differentiate the fittest men and women, they must be tested by the most extreme workouts. They perform weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular workouts but at much higher intensities and volume than a coach would ever ask you to perform in your local gym.

“Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise,” -Greg Glassman

The cool thing about the sport of CrossFit, is that you get to watch your favorite athletes being pushed and tested in the same style of workouts that you perform at the gym everyday. Everyone is safely pushed and challenged to improve themselves. Reaching just a little bit further and tapping into their true potential.

If you want to try a high-intensity functional fitness workout like CrossFit you might be surprised by how friendly and welcoming the community is. You will not be the biggest or smallest, the oldest or youngest, or even the least experienced.

Training for the sport of CrossFit looks very different from the training that takes place in a regular CrossFit class. The workouts in a CrossFit class are designed to elicit health & longevity rather than as a competitive sport. Each workout will then be modified to fit your specific needs & current fitness level. Your coach will modify the weights or movements in a way that encourages you to perform the movements safely rather than push you into doing something that is dangerous or painful.

This style of training has gained popularity because people are able to experience long term growth in a fun and supportive environment. If you’re ready to join a like-minded community of motivated individuals then come check us out!


If you’d like to give CrossFit a try, click here and fill out a contact form so you can try out a free class!

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