What is CrossFit?
Greg Glassman founded CrossFit®, Inc. in 2000. In his years coaching elite athletes, Coach Glassman found that the best way to achieve optimal fitness was not through specialization but rather through “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity.” Basically – CrossFit combines elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and core conditioning to improve overall flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, and agility.
“Constantly Varied” means that every day brings a new Workout of the Day (“WOD”) that can incorporate anything from body weight movements like air squats, push ups and burpees, to Olympic and powerlifting movements like deadlifts, clean and jerks and snatches. At CrossFit Tucker we do squats, dips cleans, jerks, snatches and deadlifts as well as rowing, running and box jumps. You will learn to jump rope, climb ropes, swing kettlebells and pull sleds. You will work on pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstands, push-ups, and handstand push-ups. Each day will bring different exercises always specifically designed to work on different muscle groups and/or cardiovascular strength.
“Functional Movement” refers to maintaining the safest, most efficient position to power through a movement. There are plenty of misconceptions out there about CrossFit; the truth is much of what we do in our workouts mirrors activities in our daily lives. To the uninitiated, flipping a tire looks like crazy, “he-man” work. But if you’ve ever had to move a mattress up a flight of stairs, you already know the movement. Cleaning a medicine ball may appear odd, but consider what your body does when you place your suitcase in a plane’s overhead compartment. If you’ve ever lifted a heavy bag of dog food or garden mulch, no one needs to tell you the importance of protecting your back. CrossFit Tucker will help you maintain the correct position in your workouts – and carry those skills over into your everyday life.
“High Intensity” is a concept often counterintuitive if you are used to long-distance running or spending hours on the elliptical, it might seem different to be in-and-out of the gym in an hour. At CrossFit Tucker your workout may range from 8-25 minutes, but the outcome will show that intensity produces results. People come here skeptical that a high-intensity workout, done in a fraction of the time as they are used to, can lead to faster, better results. But results don’t lie.
The beauty of our sport is that we are all in it together, motivating one another. It’s a sport where the person last to finish the workout receives more high fives than the person first to finish.
This article from The CrossFit Journal is a great introduction to the foundations of the CrossFit methodology: CrossFit Foundations
We encourage you to learn more about the CrossFit® philosophy and methodology at: crossfit.com
We are happy to talk with you more about our program! Contact us and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
Most people who come to CrossFit Tucker have tried to transform their fitness at a “traditional gym” before walking through our doors, and for many, something was missing at their Globo Gym. We think the folks from CrossFit Montco put it best:
THEY have CNN or Kelly Clarkson playing in the background.
WE have other members cheering you on to finish your last rep.
THEY have cardio machines that tell you you’re going too fast.
WE have trainers that are telling you you’re not going fast enough.
THEY have mirrors.
WE have trainers that tell you how to correct your form.
THEY have biceps curls and cable crossover machines.
WE have squats and deadlifts that you’ll actually be able to transfer into real life.
THEY sell you a membership and hope you only come for one month.
WE want you to come as often as possible to help change your life.
THEY have a 20-minute workout in 2 hours.
WE have a 2-hour workout in 20 minutes.
THEY have a machine at the front desk where you swipe your card.
WE have knowledgeable trainers that are ready to give you all the fitness information that you ask for.
THEY train for looks.
WE train for life.