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Sunday- The Foundations

November 30, 2008

The Following is an excerpt from one of the very first CrossFit Journals entitled, Foundations. It is a free PDF from CrossFit.com I encourage everyone to read the journal often. It’s only 25$ for a one year subscription, money well spent. (I don’t receive a dime, I just know the benefit is tremendous.)

An effective approach
In gyms and health clubs throughout the world the typical workout
consists of isolation movements and extended aerobic sessions. The
fitness community from trainers to the magazines has the exercising
public believing that lateral raises, curls, leg extensions, sit-ups and the
like combined with 20-40 minute stints on the stationary bike or treadmill
are going to lead to some kind of great fitness. Well, at CrossFit we
work exclusively with compound movements and shorter high intensity
cardiovascular sessions. We’ve replaced the lateral raise with push-
press, the curl with pull-ups, and the leg extension with squats. For
every long distance effort our athletes will do five or six at short distance.
Why? Because compound or functional movements and high intensity or
anaerobic cardio is radically more effective at eliciting nearly any desired
fitness result. Startlingly, this is not a matter of opinion but solid irrefutable
scientific fact and yet the marginally effective old ways persist and are
nearly universal. Our approach is consistent with what is practiced in elite
training programs associated with major university athletic teams and
professional sports. CrossFit endeavors to bring state-of-the-art coaching
techniques to the general public and athlete who haven’t access to current
technologies, research, and coaching methods

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