Online fightclub of the fitness world
A phenomenon to some and a mystery to others, CrossFit is a fitness company founded in 2000 which designs and distributes exercise programs that change on a daily basis to affiliated gyms worldwide via the companies website. A factor that adds to the CrossFit mystery is sessions often opperate outside of large gym franchises and are commonly held in large warehouses and more open spaces.
At 20 minutes of less per workout, CrossFit could be describe as ‘extreme blast circuits’ as within this time participants take part in extremely high intensity excercises, without any pause for recovery. Full sessions can last for up to an hour and include a combination of functional exercises including bodyweight resistance such a pull ups, weight lifting with standard gym equipment and other heavy objects such a tyres, as well as cardio exercises like sprinting, rowing and plyometrics.
The internet plays an important part in CrossFit, both as a delivery mechanism for ‘Workout Of The Day’ or ‘WOD’, but is also used to collate performance results. This ‘CrossFit’ culture of communicating over the internet and operating outside of the confines of the gym has subsequently been adopted and adapted by a number of fitness programmes including such as The Centurion Method.
CrossFit is not only practise by fitness enthusiasts but also fire and police departments, life guards, the military and also sports teams. Such is its success that last year in an attempt to boost its flagging brand, Reebok signed a worldwide sponsorship deal of CrossFit and the Crossfit Games, a championship tournament event, with a winners prize fund upwards of $250,000.
To illustrate the madness that is crossfit, we found this video courtesy of CrossFit Bath of the Divided We Fall event in the UK record in 2011: