What is CrossFit?

 

 

CONSTANTLY VARIED

Our workouts are different every day. The variance component means we workout to be prepared for the unknown and unknowable circumstances that life and or sport may throw at us. We train to be ready for life and to support our lifestyle outside of the gym.
We work all aspects of fitness, encompassing all the skills and abilities the body is capable of expressing.

 

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS

Simply put, these are movements that require multiple joints and multiple muscles to work together as a team to accomplish the full movement, such as the squat. More importantly, these movements transfer to real life activities, to sports, and more importantly, help us lead a better life in our elderly years.

Our workouts are primarily composed of functional movements, which come in countless variations and styles in order to accommodate for any person regardless of age, injuries, special needs or any lack of fitness.
This means even grandma could join Riptide CrossFit and become healthier. She will learn how to properly squat and deadlift, and now go back home and restore her ability to pick up things at the house, move them around, and use the bathroom and bathe herself without any assistance!

We are restoring and maintaining our ability to be functional and independent human beings, therefore improving our quality of life, for the rest of our life.

 

HIGH INTENSITY

This is where everyone gets scared, and that’s ok. Being scared is part of being human, and without fear we would’ve already become extinct as a species. However, it’s important to understand the value of intensity and how to develop it, safely and effectively.

To begin, intensity is relative to the individual’s psychological and physical tolerances. Grandma’s intensity is going to be SIGNIFICANTLY different than Ana’s intensity; a 19 year old Olympic sailor who competes for gold medals. (True story, Ana is one of our own and future USA Olympic Sailor).

However, they both perform variations of functional movements at different degrees to derive the same benefits of being a healthier, more functional person. Ana will become a better sailor, and grandma’s vitals will improve, as well as her ability to move around the house and the local market, safely.

Everyone begins with ZERO to low intensity, and this progresses slowly and organically, along with the person’s natural improvement in fitness. This process can vary anywhere from 1 month to 1 year, and in some instances, intensity is always low and the athlete exercises without this component.