What is CrossFit?

“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, C&J, 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”
– Greg Glassman

Constantly Varied…

Functional Movements…

Performed at High Intensity…

What will a CrossFit session be like?

One of the key elements of CrossFit is that every session is different. Although constantly varied however, a session will generally consist of a group warm up and time spent on developing technique, skill, or strength. Every session will also include a WOD (workout of the day), a measured task consisting of constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. How often do you leave the gym knowing exactly how you’ve done, whether compared to everyone else that day, or to yourself six months previously?

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
  
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. 

Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes.

– Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

 

 

About Westover CrossFit

Hi, Adrian Woodall here…

I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years now, predominantly as a personal trainer and Strength and Conditioning coach. Over this time I have gained many qualifications and certifications including NASM CPT, Diploma in Personal Training, spin and circuit training certifications and many more. I am also currently working towards my UKSCA Strength and Conditioning coaches certification. I have been lucky enough to attend some amazing conferences, seminars, and workshops, learning from some incredible speakers and coaches from all over the world.

I’m sure many peoples first impression of CrossFit would be the same as all the other fads, dismissing it after having had their fingers burnt by false promises in the past. I must confess when I first heard about it years ago this was my initial reaction. It all changed when I did my first WOD, I will always remember it, Barbara, I even had to scale it to 3 rounds!

That’s all it took, I was hooked! Shortly after following some of the main site WODs I decided to take the next step and read the manual, I printed off a copy and couldn’t put it down. For the first time here was something that was ticking all the boxes that I knew were needed to get results. A few months later I was hungry for more so I took my CrossFit L1 course.

Reading the manual, many journal articles and taking my L1 course turned out to be the link that was missing in both my formal education and my practical experience. Everything just all fell into place. I immediately knew that this program had what people needed:

– Simple in its appearance due to the lack of machines, gadgets, isolation movements and general fluff, a strong focus on real training not ‘entertraining’
– Complex, well written and presented, understandable and non-anecdotal underpinning theory.

– Challenging, effective and completely scalable for any level athlete.

– Rewarding and enjoyable through learning new skills, competing against yourself and others, and being part of a community of like minded people.

My overall health and fitness is my personal testimonial to the Crossfit program. Across all of the 10 fitness disciplines my performance has dramatically increased since following this lifestyle. I want to help as many people start, and/or guide them through this amazing journey as possible.

This has led to me becoming an official CrossFit affiliate, allowing me to coach others in the theories and practices of this amazing form of training.

To take your next step into becoming a CrossFit athlete, head over to the Get Started page for information on getting involved.

 

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