CrossFit is considered a workout lifestyle choice in which you can prioritize your health and fitness abilities. According to CrossFit headquarters this workout phenomenon has been steadily growing for a decade.
It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, core training, and cardio into a constantly evolving workout plan. Its rigour and structure is reminiscent of military training.
Created by former gymnast Greg Glassman, in 2001, this workout methodology combines several movements in a stew of exercises. The variety includes Olympic-like lifts, cardio training and other seemingly basic, but multi-joint movements, like box jumps, pull-ups and rope jumping.
CrossFit aims to “forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness,” program, according to the guidebook. At its foundation, the prescription for fitness is to perform constantly varied, functional movements, done at a relatively high intensity. CrossFit is the method of the exercise program.
The workouts utilize continuous change, evolving, and adaptable best practices. To date there are more than 3,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, with 332 in California alone.
Those involved in CrossFit say it’s an entirely different way to work out. A mentality exists along with a lifestyle that improves health of mind and body in an evolution from where you begin. A team atmosphere in a group provides a bonding experience with others that become your family as you all strive together to reach your health and physical fitness goals.
During his NHL career, Scott Thornton was referred to as the most fit guy on the ice. He played at the highest level in the NHL for over 18 years, as well as playing for Team Canada on three separate occasions. Hockey dominated his choice of sports but he was involved in several other sport activities throughout his life and now owns Crossfit Indestri, which has provided him a more rewarding opportunity than he ever imagined.
He has watched CrossFit members progress in ways that seemed unimaginable. “People have lost over 100lbs, accomplished their first pull-up or dead-lifted 500lbs.,” Scott explains.
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