CrossFit | Essentials


The CrossFit stimulus—constantly varied high-intensity functional movement coupled with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar—prepares you for the demands of a healthy, functional, independent life and provides a hedge against chronic disease and incapacity. This stimulus is elegant in the mathematical sense of being marked by simplicity and efficacy. The proven elements of this broad, general, and inclusive fitness, in terms of both movement and nutrition, are what we term our CrossFit Essentials.

"Movement quality is critically important," says neurosurgeon Dr. David Johnson. Good movement leads to long-term mobility and functionality. Poor movement leads to increased “risk of developing musculoskeletal pain, and over time, an increased risk for the requirement of musculoskeletal surgery.” According to Johnson, functional movement is key. “Without ... physiological stimulus, you won't recover from your musculoskeletal pain.”

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Workout of the Day for 210802: CrossFit Games Event 15: For time: 600-m row, 90 chest-to-bar pull-ups, 36-ft. walking lunge, weight back-racked, 36-ft. walking lunge, weight front-racked, 36-ft. walking lunge, weight overhead.

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Shaun Tieman of Hoosier CrossFit coached two-time gold medalist Lilly King (Team USA) and returning Olympian Blake Pieroni (Team USA) as well as rookies Zach Apple (Team USA) and Bailey Andison (Team Canada) on their road to Tokyo. “It's really fun for me to be able to train a variety of athletes (and) to show that the CrossFit methodology and what we're doing inside the gym works for a brand-new person who's never done this before all the way through the highest-level athletes," Tieman said.

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