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What is CrossFit?

"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 neurologic 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 short 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"

So that's the wiki definition.

What's the real definition?

Serious strength training that is the hardest thing I've ever attempted to do. And the days when I complete a full workout, I feel like I'm 10 feet tall.

It's that good.

In fact, I wrote about it in the following articles.


Currently, I am working on returning to CrossFit. I took a break from everything, including running, for a couple of years and lost all the strength gains. I'm slowly buidling a base of strength training and running consistently. My ultimate goal is to join my CrossFit gym by fall of 2020.

It’s been almost 2 years since I last consistently enjoyed CrossFit and I have missed it tremendously. In 2 years, I’m noticeably weaker. Running is fantastic for what I love about running. It’s “my” thing. But, it doesn’t keep me strong. Not only do I notice how much weaker I am, I notice my posture …

Read More about Return to CrossFit

4 miles. That’s ALL I got this week. I took Monday off to rest up and when I ran Tuesday morning, my IT band seized up bad. It’s been years since I felt this kind of IT pain. I knew from experience to stop running and try to remember all the at-home things my physical …

Read More about Running Recap May 8-14

As part of our school employee health program, we have to have a Wellness Screening every year. I wasn’t thrilled about this when it first started, but it’s a minor screening and it’s things I need to know every year. Every year, I get a pretty darn good result. Glucose is within range, good cholesterol …

Read More about Wondering About Wellness

I often hear various reasons or barriers of why people do not want to try CrossFit or other heavy-lifting classes. One of the most common is the idea that people MUST already be in great physical condition before trying a class. I know there are many different CrossFit franchises and each one is different. One …

Read More about The Power of the Plank

I consider myself a reasonable person. I don’t have huge expectations that are difficult to meet. I rely on the usual—air, water, sun. The rest is negotiable. However. I must have a working Sharpie. And lately, they are failing me. Miserably.  I have cups and caddies all over the classroom full of pens, highlighters, regular …

Read More about Is it too much to ask?

Taking some time to look on the little things today. I get bogged down in big picture stuff and I’ve noticed an increase in anxiety as the summer break comes to an end. I have this feeling like all my ducks are not in a row, therefore I’m not going to start my year off …

Read More about Good things

Yesterday’s post was a tough one. It’s never easy looking in the mirror and seeing what I see and then sharing that with others. What is worse is doing nothing to change the status quo. Being in a perpetual state of stagnation is almost as bad as the downward spiral that led me there. So, …

Read More about Owning It: Now What?

The past year has been a roller coaster of highs and lows and every possible step between the two. Many of you may remember about 9 months ago that I had a miscarriage and you have had a front row seat to my struggles with that process. I asked all the same questions many active …

Read More about The Journey Continues

Story of my life this week. Caffeine overload and oranges in a bag. It’s been a few days but nothing new to share, really. Life gets in these ruts for a few days at a time and it takes me a minute to figure out that I’m not really thriving…but surviving (totally stolen from THIS …

Read More about Weekend of Random

Tuesday arrived again but not with the same dread as usual. I’m sick..again…and the pollen count isn’t helping. But the day wasn’t a total waste. Check out my new Divergent stickers and some blog love from Krissyanne Designs! I LOVE her (mostly) Dauntless stickers and her entire shop makes me smile. Huge. My morning workout …

Read More about The day dawns