What is CrossFit?
The textbook answer to this question is “Constantly Varied High Intensity Functional Movement Performed Over Broad Time and Modal Domains”.
Others might refer you to CrossFit founder Greg Glassman’s “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”:
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Presses, Clean & Jerk, and Snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”
These answers are both good and accurate, but over time CrossFit has become much more than the simple methodology it once was. CrossFit is about the search to become the best possible version of yourself. It is a community of individuals who are constantly seeking the knowledge to become stronger, healthier, happier, and more effective human beings.
Who Are We?
Founded in 2009, the original CrossFit Bethesda was one of the first CrossFit affiliates in the region. The new CrossFit Bethesda, formed by the union of the original CrossFit Bethesda and Tough Temple CrossFit, is now the premier CrossFit affiliate in the 270 corridor.
With a cast of coaches who possess decades of combined experience, we are devoted to bringing out the very best in our community of athletes and members. To achieve this, we have built a philosophy based upon three pillars that we consider to be our ABC’s of Fitness.
One of the most basic concepts in fitness is something known as the SAID principle; this stands for “Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand”. This is intended to describe the way physical and neurological adaptations are affected by training and how we control those stimuli to achieve our desired goals, but there’s another way to look at it.
If we take a more holistic viewpoint, fitness is simply a manifestation of our behavior. Your current state of fitness is the end result of how you have treated your body up to this point. If you wish to make improvements in your fitness, then the first step you must take is to improve the behaviors that affect it, including diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. This is the adaptation we seek, one that begins by accepting responsibility for your health and fitness, then taking action to move toward your goals.
One of the core values of the CrossFit methodology is being directed at a broad based general fitness. The true CrossFitter is as comfortable lifting heavy weights as they are on a long run or practicing gymnastic skills. This balanced approach allows us to create a strong and well rounded foundation of fitness. From this strong foundation, you are then freed to pursue a much wider variety of athletic and recreational interests. More importantly, you are better prepared for the vast array of physical hurdles that life can throw at you.
Of course, fitness is more than just training. If we aren’t recovering properly, then all of our hard work can be wasted. This means giving the same attention to diet, sleep, mobility, and other aspects of recovery that you give to your workout. That’s why we work hard to educate all of our members about everything they need to be doing outside of the gym to maximize their results.
The other place we look for balance is between training and life. Maintaining a state of integrity between your fitness goals and the rest of your life will prevent your progress from becoming derailed by frustration. Fitness is a continuous process, and life’s unpredictable nature means there will always be times when that process moves slower than others. Learning to manage those ebbs and flows, and ensuring that the various aspects of your life are in harmony with each other, will keep you moving forward.
This goes way beyond your friends in class, which is not to say they aren’t important. For many people, the support and accountability they receive from the other members in the gym is the key ingredient they need. We grow stronger as a community through our shared suffering in workouts, and through our shared celebration of what we achieve.
Some of our members also join together to participate in competition, both in the gym and around the region. While not a necessary part of the CrossFit experience, this can be a wonderful way to express and test your progress. There are many opportunities to challenge yourself, if that’s what you are seeking.
Our community is also the relationships we build between athlete and coach. It’s the sharing of knowledge and the comradery that comes from working together to achieve a goal. That community also extends out to the network of brilliant coaches that our instructors have learned from. Over the past decade, CrossFit has seen unparalleled growth. During that time, the community has attracted some of the best minds of our generation, in fitness and nutrition. We give back to the community by passing on to you what we have learned from them.
Is CrossFit Right for Me?
CrossFit is for people who are willing to work hard to make positive changes in their life. It’s for people who are willing to set their sights on a goal, and take the steps necessary to achieve it. We can show you the way, but you have to provide the effort. If that sounds like you, we’ll see you in the gym.