CrossFit

Group Classes at CrossFit Cypher

So you heard about CrossFit from a friend, co-worker, or family member. Or maybe you saw one of ours ads, or even saw it on TV with the recent airings of the CrossFit Games on ESPN. Maybe you were just looking to get in shape with the new year and this was the first gym that popped up on Google in your area. However you arrived here, the question is always: what is this CrossFit thing that I am somehow thinking about getting myself into?

If it’s swept up someone close to you, it can seem a little weird, crazy, and/or scary at first because people often talk about CrossFit in rather exaggerated and counter-intuitive terms: “I felt like I was dying today! Awesome!” You don’t know whether to be happy for them or concerned. Or they may use language that sounds foreign: “I owned that Clean and Jerk PR today, then got smoked by the WOD.” Whatever the case, people react differently to these kinds of encounters, and good and bad takeaways can both be had. And we haven’t even gotten to the crazy Paleo Diet business yet.

What is it?

But back to the question, for those of you looking for a short answer, here is Wikipedia:

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. It defines fitness as increased work capacity across all these domains and says its program achieves this by provoking neurological and hormonal adaptations across all metabolic pathways.

CrossFit athletes run, row, jump rope, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over long distances, and use Powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises. CrossFit is used in nearly 2,000 gyms worldwide and by many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations including the Canadian Forces, and the Royal Danish Life Guards.

That is as clear, concise, and yet decidedly lacking a description as one could come up with. The problem is that CrossFit is so much more than a means to an end for many of its practitioners. The community defines it more than anything else, but that is even more ambiguous to describe (it’s made of people!). The tools and methods of the trade do not do it justice. A barbell’s worth will never exceed that of someone achieving something they once thought impossible.

We can help you!

Look, we are not blind to the simple needs and desires of the vast majority. We hear you loud and clear. You need/want/desire: to lose weight; to look better naked; to improve cholesterol numbers and heart health; to not get winded going up the stairs; to feel stronger and more confident in everyday tasks; to recover the athlete you once were or discover the one you never thought you could be; to be able to go out and do fun things like hiking, run a 5k, go skiing, play rec sports, or just play with your children or grandchildren without worrying — without doubting your abilities.

We can help you with all of that; it’s what we do. In fact, if you just show up consistently and put in good work, it’s quite simple really. To be sure, it still requires hard work, but there are no mysteries. Once you see that your basic needs can be met, the potential depths to explore become much greater. For most dedicated individuals, CrossFit eventually becomes at least a medium for incredibly positive physical and psychological transformations that are still not fully understood, yet increasingly ubiquitous.

Beyond that it varies individually, but most people fall in love with the community, because it is created by you and it is you. CrossFit is actually much older than the brand itself, as almost all of its constituent parts are at least several decades, if not centuries old. Hence, its practice in essence feels like returning to ones roots in a way; to a way of doing things as old as humanity itself really. It feels like going home.

And this is where we may start to lose some of you in hyperbole, so we’ll cut it short here and leave you with a bounty of “What is CrossFit?” videos to sift through while we hope you consider these two questions:

“Through CrossFit, what can I achieve? What can I become?”