“The needs of Olympians and the needs of our grandmothers differ by degree, not kind.”
CrossFit is a world-class strength and conditioning program and lifestyle. It delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive, making it popular among many police academies, fire departments, tactical operation units, mixed-martial artists, and elite athletes around the world. The CrossFit prescription is performing “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” This is designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible.
CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains:
“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.”