WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
“We see CrossFit as an athletic strength and conditioning program designed for every single individual.”
By definition, CrossFit is a “core strength and conditioning program…designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible.” Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports and life reward this kind of fitness, and on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
At Champlain Valley CrossFit we see CrossFit as an athletic strength and conditioning program designed for every single individual. Designed to assist athletes to be better at everything they do. Instead of trying to build fitness by just running, riding a bike, swimming, rowing, or lifting: CrossFitters build fitness by incorporating a multitude of different activities into each workout.
While at times the Workout Of the Day (WOD) might be tailored to just one outcome, it is the proper blend of 2, 3 or 4 movements that make up the bread and butter of CrossFit and provides individuals with unprecedented strength and fitness with minimal time commitment. You might swing a kettlebell, throw a medicine ball, squat a barbell, do a pull-up, jump on a box, run, row, or jump rope, but the combination of the WOD is always different.
Such variety benefits participants not because it helps keep workouts interesting, but also because it:
- Prepares participants for a broad array of physical activities. With such a wide range of movements, weights and time domains, athletes often find themselves with the physical capabilities to do more than they ever thought.
- Efficiently Uses Time. CrossFit is bar none the most efficient way to elicit responses in the body that help create a fit individual in the shortest time.
- Reduces the Risk of Injury. CrossFit is a program designed to create athletes and thus attacks each and every part of the body strengthening the body as a whole. CrossFit can both proactively address mobility or strength deficiencies before they become an issue, and rectify them after they’ve become problematic.
- Creates Communities. CrossFit workouts are practiced in a small group setting, scaled to allow each participant the opportunity to perform comparable workouts, regardless of age, athletic background or experience. The experience of pushing yourself to your own personal limit becomes one that’s shared. Such journeys forge relationships amongst even the most unusual bedfellows, and create a community unlike that found in any other sports or recreational activity.
“At Champlain Valley CrossFit you aren’t just another member, you are an athlete first and foremost.”
CrossFit gyms are drastically different from normal gyms and Champlain Valley CrossFit is no exception. Champlain Valley CrossFit is a facility littered with weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, plyometrics boxes, and other tools to advance your fitness. At Champlain Valley CrossFit you aren’t just another member, you are an athlete first and foremost, and one that we care about. Disappear for a couple of weeks, you’ll get an e-mail or phone call to see what’s going on and to make sure that everything is okay. Champlain Valley CrossFit is in the business of making healthier, stronger, happier people, not in selling gym memberships that don’t ever get used.
Champlain Valley CrossFit was the first CrossFit facility in Chittenden County. As time has gone by other CrossFit affiliates have started to open up in the area. Are we different? Certainly. Are we the same? Yes. All CrossFits function under the basic underlying principles of what makes CrossFit, CrossFit. That’s where the similarities end. We do different workouts, have different ideals, different business policies, a different community, and we strongly believe that we offer the best CrossFit service in the area. So while there may be multiple CrossFit affiliates in the area that do CrossFit, we have our own unique style of nurturing and training the athlete. We at Champlain Valley CrossFit are here for one sole reason, to help and watch you succeed at becoming a healthier, fitter, happier human being.