What is CrossFit?

Class getting ready for a run

So… what is it?
CrossFit combines the best parts of weightlifting, sprinting, calisthenics, kettlebells, and a little bit of basic gymnastics. By sticking to the most effective exercises from each, we can do really efficient workouts in about 30 minutes. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness.

What’s a WOD?
Workout of the Day.

What happens at a CrossFit class?
A class can typically be divided into three different parts:

1.) We start by warming up our range of motion with some simple movements. This may include exercises specific to the upcoming workout.

2.) Next we’ll work on strength and technique (or skill development). One day we’ll spend time working on your deadlift; another, we’ll work on your split jerk; another, we’ll teach you to do a handstand; etc. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what these movements are! You’ll learn about them and get a chance to practice during On-Ramp — a four-week program in which you will learn everything you need to know to start CrossFitting, with plenty of one-on-one attention.)

3.) The ‘meat and potatoes’ of the class is the WOD. You’ll start the WOD as a group, resulting in an enthusiastic, supportive atmosphere.

crossfit classes in action

What machines do you have at your gym?
Our members! Besides our members, the only machines you’ll probably ever see at CFRE are rowers. We don’t use machines that isolate muscle groups because you can’t improve human movement — and fitness — without using your body’s full range of capability.