In CrossFit, power means hard and fast, which, according to CrossFit philosophy, is the king of athletic performance. Punching, lifting, sprinting, and jumping can all demonstrate that someone has power.
In CrossFit, elite athletes are the ones who can produce a lot of power in a lot of different ways. Also, in CrossFit, power equals intensity. CrossFit philosophy states that to increase strength, performance, bone density and muscle mass, one needs to increase the intensity of the exercise, which is the same as power. For this reason, the development of power is a theme present in all CrossFit workouts.
The usual definition of cross-training implies participation in a variety of sports. However, CrossFit views the term in a much broader sense. Cross-training in CrossFit means exceeding the average requirement of individual sports. In CrossFit, cross-training can be metabolic, modal and functional, which means that CrossFit athletes regularly train above the limits of normal motions, metabolic paths, and common training routines. This is what makes CrossFit so unique and distinctive.
CrossFit trainers have noticed it a long time ago that athletes are the weakest outside of the range of their training parameters. Here’s what this means: if you only run between five and seven miles, you will show weak results for distances that are less than five and greater than seven miles. This is true about all the factors that CrossFit deems important, including a range of motion, rest, power, intensity, and so on. This is also the reason why CrossFit workouts are created in a way that constantly changes and expands the margins of exposure in all possible ways.
CrossFit workouts focus on the functional movements, meaning the movements that you perform in your life on a regular basis. Squatting is standing up from a seated position. Deadlift is picking up something from the ground. CrossFit trainers believe that exercising without functional movements is a waste of time, which is why functional movements are one of the four dominant CrossFit principles.