There is hardly another fitness conditioning program on the planet that works with more exercises than CrossFit.
Your CrossFit workouts will include biking, rowing, running, swimming, squatting, deadlifts, push presses, power cleans, bench presses, jumps, pull-ups, drills, cartwheels, sit up, kips, handstands and more.
When people hear about all these exercises, they often start thinking that they don’t have time for all of this. You may have a career and a family that you need to take care of. Because of this, you may think that you don’t have time to become as fit as you would like to be.
The good news is that you can accomplish extreme levels of fitness training for just one hour six days a week. CrossFit experts believe that the best training that optimises physical performance and shape is not sustainable for more than an hour a day. In CrossFit, more than an hour a day does not equal better.
Many of the world-class athletes that train more than that are actually very prone to injuries. Overtraining can also lead to a weakened immune system. Most of the performance athletes actually sacrifice their health to break records and deliver extraordinary performance during a single race or event.
This is not what CrossFit is about. CrossFit doesn’t agree that long-distance athletes such as marathon runners or triathletes are healthier than their short distance counterparts. To get extreme endurance, such athletes often lose ground in speed, strength, and power.
CrossFit is about training in the ten physical skills that are cardiovascular endurance, respiratory endurance, stamina, power, strength, coordination, speed, agility, accuracy, and balance. Science has proven that excessive amount of exercise and focus on endurance can only lead to a loss in power, speed, and strength. Great triathletes are often not great wrestlers, boxers or sprinters.
This doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with being an ultra-distance runner or participating in triathlons. It simply means that such training will not give you optimal results required for certain sports.