CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that can be applied to pretty much everyone. From elite athletes to police academies and the military, to the elderly in nursing homes, if you’re interested in moving your body, it can probably help you. BROAD: CrossFit delivers fitness that is - by design - broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is that we do not specialize. From Combat, to survival, to organized sports, to life itself, CrossFit will allow you to reach new levels of performance. Conversely, it will punish the specialist. UNIVERSALLY SCALABLE: The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of his experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease to cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the programs. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not by kind. Our soldiers, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen. BRIEF HISTORY: CrossFit was developed in Santa Cruz, California by Greg Glassman in the Late 90′s. Greg’s mission was to develop a CODE for FITNESS via clinical trial (ie measuring inputs and outputs). Much like how the LINUX operating system was created out of a gift culture and is free for anyone to download, CrossFit is open source; there are no franchising fees, no gimics to sell, and anyone can access this “code” via http://www.crossfit.com. Greg Glassman's early CrossFit Journal stories are still revolutionary today. Download a free copy of the CrossFit Journal titled “What is Fitness” - Download a free copy of CrossFit Foundations Like any science, CrossFit is constantly evolving. The CrossFit Community is constantly looking for what works and what doesn’t in the realm of getting people more fit. If an exercise provides superior results, it stays in the program; if not, it is banished to the scrap heap. And what we have discovered over time, through trial and error, is a code for fitness. CODE FOR FITNESS: The Code for Fitness is essentially uncomplicated and comprises three elements 1) Functional Movements (movements, which replicate real life) 2) Intensity (harder and faster works better than long and slow) 3) Variance (movements and workouts are constantly varied) The idea behind the code then is to complete functional movements, as fast as possible, and constantly mix the movements up. This “time component” on the workouts means that CrossFit has essentially become “The Sport of Fitness,” because it re-introduces personal athletic achievement and performance to training. The mindset at the start of each workout is to be stronger, to move faster and more efficiently, with better form than ever. This is why, even after years of training CrossFit style, scores and times in workouts continue to drop and athletes continue to improve. Its hard, fun, exciting, challenging, and will push you to be your absolute best! NER: The end result is that CrossFit gives you a Neuro-endocrince Response Neuro = Brain & Central nervous system Endocrine = Hormones such as Testosterone, Human Growth Hormone, Insulin like growth factor Response = the response from your body by taxing it to its core with variety, intensity, and multi-joint, full body, functional movements. CROSSFIT VANCOUVER'S APPLICATION OF CROSSFIT CrossFit Vancouver’s School of Fitness has a very specific way of delivering the CrossFit program. We’re part of the Madlab Group, a group of experienced affiliates who have worked together for years in our pursuit to professionalize the fitness industry. In short, we are not a group exercise class. Yes, we host group classes for our experienced CrossFit athletes. However, prior to graduating to group classes, all of our students work with their coach in a one-on-one environment. This ensures everyone is fit and competent in the technical movements of CrossFit prior to being thrown into a group setting. What sets us apart is our coaches: All of our coaches go through a rigorous two-year apprenticeship program, where they learn about human movement, mobility, injury prevention, anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition and develop entrepreneurial skills, before they begin teaching their own students. We believe developing coaches in this way and providing all of our students with a personal coach for life is the best, safest way to get our students fit, all the while avoiding injuries and remaining fit and healthy for life.