This is an exercising methodology that is becoming more and more prominent in the fitness field. I must say there is a lot I like about it. Although, it can look a little intimidating from the outside and it does attract some very serious athletes, which I think the average person may have trouble identifying with. I would like to see more promotion around how the workouts can be scaled down for a grandmother of 70 which I believe they can be. This kind of media will attract more average people who have become disillusioned with the workouts based around machines like the ‘Pec Dec’, ‘Leg extension’ and ‘Leg curl’ as well they should! The bottom line is they push the ‘functional’ concept and this I really like. Why be fit and strong if you can’t or don’t use it for something cool and worthwhile?
Read this philosophy by crossfit founder John Glassman to get an idea where they are coming from.
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports”
I like the eating advice too. Keep in mind that we are aiming for you to achieve similar things in your movement to what Mr Glassman encourages but may hold back a little on the flips and pirouettes!