CrossFit – General and some Costa del Sol specific information.
CrossFit encompasses many different things, but in the first instance it is a fitness regimen.
CrossFit defines itself as something that optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). It is a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises) and Olympic weight lifting.
However, CrossFit it more than just a fitness regime, a big part of CrossFit is the community aspect, and it is this component of community (ie people doing these workouts together) that CrossFit believes is the reason why this concept is so effective.
Education also plays a large part of the CrossFit concept; the education of movement, fitness, nutrition and community.
CrossFit works off the principle of….
CVFM @ HI + Communal Environment = Health
A regimen of constantly varied (CV), functional movements (FM) performed at high intensity (@HI) in a communal environment leads to health and fitness.
Classes are run at affiliated gyms (or Boxes as they are often referred to). Classes vary between gyms but in general you can expect a normal class to include a warm up, a skill development segment, a WOD (workout of the day) and some stretching.
The WOD is designed to exceed the limit of the fittest people in the world but at the same time can be scaled to fit anyone’s fitness level. Performance on the WOD is often scored and/or ranked within the CrossFit class to encourage competition and to track an individual’s personal progress.
Typical equipment found in a CrossFit gym includes barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, rowers and various mats etc.
CrossFit appeals to both men and women alike.
CrossFit was developed by Coach Greg Glassman over many years. He aimed to define fitness in a meaningful and measurable way.
In 2000 CrossFit Inc. the fitness company was founded by Greg Glassm and Lauren Jenai.
In May 2003 CrossFit started a blog with the simple content of the date, a picture and the workout of the day (referred to as a WOD) often along with a small piece of thought provoking information. From this small blog (from original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz, USA) sprung the CrossFit Blog / WOD used by most CrossFit gyms today.
By 2005 there were 13 affiliated gyms (CrossFit, Inc. licenses the CrossFit name to gyms for an annual fee and certifies trainers).
In the summer of 2007 the first “CrossFit Games” were held where they crown the “fittest Man and Woman on earth.” The CrossFit Games are now run yearly in the summer.
Today CrossFit have a network of over 11,000 affiliated CrossFit gyms around the world and more than 100,000 accredited CrossFit Level 1 trainers.
CrossFit Inc. the company provides accredited training seminars all around the world. They also have a number of websites which offer free content including workouts, training and sport for getting in shape. They also have a growing journal of extended instruction.
CrossFit on the Costa del Sol, Málaga
CrossFit can of course be found on the Costa del Sol, in Málaga province, Spain. The Costa del Sol is an ideal location for CrossFit lovers due to the spectacular mountain surroundings and close proximity of the beaches as classes can, and often are, run outdoors.
Due to the touristic nature of this area of Spain there are CrossFit Holidays / CrossFit Retreats on offer.
There are 16 official affiliated CrossFit gyms here in the Málaga / Costa del Sol region.