What is CrossFit?

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).

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) Constantly Varied

2) Functional Movements
(movements, which replicate real life)

3) Performed at High Intensity
(harder and faster works better than long and slow)
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 Rise Above takes the approach that overall fitness must be approached as a sport through proper learning of technique and practice.

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 that everyone is fit and competent in the technical movements of CrossFit prior to being thrown into a group setting. Once an athlete has achieved technical proficiency in the basic movements they can progress to out group classes.

Our emphasis on preparing our students to work with technical skill before releasing them into the group classes emphasizes our commitment to help our students avoid injuries and remain fit and healthy for life.

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