“I could never do CrossFit.”
Trainers often hear this statement from people who don’t do CrossFit, and I want to apologize for giving you the wrong impression.
I’m here to tell you CrossFit is not a sink-or-swim fitness program, and no minimum level of fitness is required.
You can do CrossFit—but I know why you doubt that.
We often say CrossFit is “infinitely scalable,” but I realize many people have no idea what that means. I’m sorry about that.
The truth is that trainers get excited when we describe a program we love, and we take some shortcuts when we try to explain things. In doing so, we actually break one of CrossFit’s fundamental principles: Define your terms.
CrossFit Inc. Founder Greg Glassman talked about “scalability” of the program in the third edition of the CrossFit Journal, published way back in 2002. The word made perfect sense in the context of the article “What Is Fitness?” Glassman defined his terms and clearly explained that loads and intensity can be modified—or scaled—so the same program can improve fitness with Olympians, grandparents and everyone in between. The principles of the program stay the same, but the application is 100 percent individualized.
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