What is CrossFit? | CrossFit Coolhaven

What is CrossFit?

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CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

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Training sessions consist of a warm-up, a technical part to learn/improve CrossFit specific exercises, finished off by an intense WOD (Workout of the Day) that lasts between 10 and 20 minutes. The results of these WODs are registered on a whiteboard to enhance the competitive element of the training. During training you will be using barbells, kettle bells, ropes, boxes, rings and pull up bars. The exercises  are mostly natural movement exercises such as push, pull, carry, jump, climb and run. The goal of CrossFit is to work towards a healthy and fit lifestyle in a safe and effective manner, no matter age, profession or physical limitations.

We offer different exercises each day to always keep your body guessing and give you the best results.

CrossFit trains 10 components of fitness:

  1. Cardiovascular / respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  4. Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.