Ten years ago, only a few of the fitness elite had heard of the program known as CrossFit. The fitness program developed by Greg Glassman has exploded in popularity and has become a fast-track for those who wish to unleash their inner beast. However, CrossFit certainly isn't an exercise program that everyone will enjoy. The varied training and high-intensity workouts are most appreciated by athletes, former athletes looking to rekindle their flame, or certain individuals who are curious about the potential that their body may possess. One thing is for certain, completing a consistent regimen of CrossFit workouts is going to lead to some noticeable changes in strength, muscle endurance and physical aesthetic.
CrossFit is quite possibly the most thorough and complete version of cross-training ever devised. When the term cross-training became popular in the 1980s, it usually suggested a training program that included various sports and exercises in order to avoid boredom and enjoy several different activities while getting in shape. The biggest problem with such training was the investment expense.
CrossFit was developed to offer a wide variety of training activities, yet when Greg Glassman put the plan into action, he thought outside of the traditional box. Forget getting a bicycle, needing access to a pool, or buying multiple gym and racquet club memberships - everything could be housed in a single environment and it would be based on developing and refining functional strength. In short, CrossFit was developed to increase strength that is actually used in activities, as opposed to strength that is simply used to develop a finer physical aesthetic. The improved aesthetics are a natural byproduct of CrossFit training, while optimal physical performance is the overall goal.