Our CrossFit classes use a magical blend of weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning to help develop your fitness.
When we share the contents of our program with a potential new member, the slightest mention of the word ‘gymnastics’ is usually accompanied with a look of horror and a ‘ I couldn’t do that!’.
To be fair the fact that the ancient Greeks and Romans used gymnastics training to prepare their military forces for combat would probably scare anyone off.
For us in the CrossFit world, we consider bodyweight movements to be gymnastics so the air squat, push up and pull-up would fall into that category as would isometric holds. Can you hold a plank? Then you can practice gymnastics with us.
Our use of the term ‘gymnastics’ not only includes taking aspects of the sport you see on tv and applying them to workouts but also including activities like climbing and calisthenics where the focus is body control.
We use dip bars, the floor, rings, pull-up bars, climbing ropes and other equipment to implement gymnastics into our training.
If gymnastics movements are performed properly they can help develop virtually every component of fitness including producing impressive strength gains without using weights.
In fact, nothing beats gymnastics in terms of developing the four neurological components of fitness: coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
Plus these movements are great fun to learn with even the smallest step of progress bringing tremendous satisfaction.
PS: Did you hear about the gymnast who walked into a bar?
She said ‘Ouch’....