Movements and techniques from across the fitness spectrum—from powerlifting to sprinting—combine to form ever-changing CrossFit regimens

What You’ll Get

The Deal

  • for 5 CrossFit classes ( value)

CrossFit adheres to a principle known as functional fitness—exercise that focuses on making everyday tasks easier. Check out Groupon’s basic rundown. See the schedule.

Functional Fitness: Beyond the Bench Press

From shoveling snow to climbing stairs:’ people constantly carry out tasks that may seem mundane:’ but can lead to serious injury if the body can’t handle the workload. Functional fitness targets groups of muscles throughout the body:’ conditioning them to work together so they can perform a range of simple tasks more easily and safely. Exercises commonly used in a functional-fitness regimen mimic such everyday movements: squatting to pick up a heavy object:’ lunging forward toward an out-of-reach ledge:’ balancing on an unstable chair as the shelf collapses.

Whereas a traditional curl targets the biceps by way of elbow movement:’ a functional exercise might incorporate the shoulders:’ spine:’ hips:’ knees:’ and ankles:’ which trains the upper and lower body to work in unison with the aid of a tightened core. This integration allows the muscles to grow at a similar rate:’ gaining strength in a way that complements the way a person lives rather than the way they simply work out.

One of the major pros of functional fitness is its ability to suit virtually any fitness goal. A report by the American Council on Exercise determined that functional fitness benefitted adults ages 58–78:’ while a study by the U.S. Army concluded that CrossFit training increased the work capacity of its top athletes by an average of 20% and “characterizes the type of versatility required of U.S. Army Soldiers.” Regardless of the intensity:’ it’s best to start slow. Beginning with exercises that only use the body’s weight helps teach muscles proper form and keep them safe from injury. Once prepared:’ exercisers can add more resistance with weights:’ tubing:’ ropes:’ elephant trunks:’ and other tools.

The Fine Print

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