What is Crossfit? Takes time to answer. Not due to uncertainty or commitment, but because it can be defined in so many different ways. You’d think by now I’d be able to rattle off some concise answer. But the truth is simply the opposite: The more I learn, the more I learn. The more it encompasses, and expands.
According to HQ, the CrossFit prescription is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” No aspect of functional movements is more important than their capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly.
But then, just came across this video of my favorite CF Competitor, Lucas Parker. His words describe what ‘it’ means best. Here’s a snipit:
“Crossfit means to me: Opportunity.
For someone just starting out in Crossfit, Crossfit is an opportunity to change your life for the better; from a physical standpoint, from an emotional standpoint, learning how to deal with stress, and discomfort.
You know I think we take for granted, once we’ve been in Crossffit for a few years, the inherent discomfort in what we do.
For a lot of people Crossfit is a big shock to the system, and that can be either a big wake up call, or deterrent. Some people get kind of turned off by that, but if you have that little bit of a spark inside you that says, ‘Hey, I recognize that I’m putting myself into an uncomfortable situation and I’m going to benefit from that.’ There’s a huge opportunity because you can apply that to nearly every situation you come across in life. So that would be the word that I would use (to describe Crossfit), Opportunity.”