What is CrossFit?


Constantly Varied – Functional Movement – High Intensity

CrossFit is a high intensity workout program that combines the elements of weight lifting, cardiovascular training and calisthenics for an amazing workout!

The CrossFit program was developed by a personal trainer and former gymnast, Greg Glassman. Mr. Glassman started the first CrossFit gym in 1995 in Santa Cruz, California. He found that by focusing on all of the various skills of both sport and fitness — and constantly varying the exercises, he, and his clients got stronger, faster and more “Fit”.

Coach Glassman started by identifying the skills of athletics, namely; Cardiovascular/respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy. He reasoned that if a fitness program addressed all ten elements, his clients could develop the greatest physical competency. Next, he assembled an extensive list of exercise movements that would help an individual improve these characteristics. He selected the most efficient and effective exercises from the realms of Power Lifting, Gymnastics, Running, Calisthenics, Rowing and Olympic Weightlifting and began to create combinations which he called the WOD, or Workout of the Day.

The challenge of learning a new exercise or improving one’s proficiency lit a spark for the early CrossFitters. Word of mouth spread and soon people from all around the area flocked to Glassman’s gym. With the advent of the Internet, Coach Glassman’s CrossFit program has developed a worldwide following, and his open source web site continues to educate and motivate. Check it out at Crossfit.com

The beauty of CrossFit is that the workouts are appropriate for anyone with a desire to improve their current level of fitness. A certified CrossFit Trainer can instruct you in the correct technique for each exercise and coach you thru the WOD, Workout of the Day. Young or older, athlete or couch-potato, CrossFit can help you achieve your fitness goals.

Here at CrossFit Wall Street, we offer a Free Introductory workout on Saturdays at 12:00 Noon. Join us for a small group session including a dynamic warm-up, skill work and a WOD, all coached by one of our CrossFit Trainers. Each session is strictly limited to 8 people, so please Register Here. Sorry, but we don’t accept walk-ins.