What is CrossFit?

The CrossFit prescription is performing “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. The CrossFit program is designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are as follows:

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance

  • Stamina

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Power

  • Speed

  • Coordination

  • Agility

  • Balance

  • Accuracy

The CrossFit program was developed to enhance an individuals competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.

The CrossFit 053 programming is meant to be scaled and suitable for all ages and physical conditions. Anybody can be an athlete at CrossFit 053. The philosophy behind CrossFit training is an all inclusive lifestyle change. Our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies.

What is the CrossFit method and how is it different?

The CrossFit method is to establish a hierarchy of effort and concern that builds as follows:


  • Diet: lays the molecular foundations for fitness and health.

  • Metabolic Conditioning: builds capacity in each of three metabolic pathways, beginning with aerobic, then lactic acid, and then phosphocreatine pathways.

  • Gymnastics: establishes functional capacity for body control and range of motion.

  • Weightlifting and Throwing: develop ability to control external objects and produce power.

  • Sport: applies fitness in competitive atmosphere with more randomized movements and skill mastery.

Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.