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CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over several decades. Glassman, CrossFit’s Founder and CEO, was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way: increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. He then created a program specifically designed to improve fitness and health.

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.

The CrossFit program is driven by data. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.

Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable, too. Our specialty is not specializing.

While CrossFit challenges the world’s fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

This is one of our favorites and perhaps the biggest myth of CrossFit. The amount of weight you lift does not define how large a muscle will get. In fact, having more muscle in your body will actually help burn more calories. The thought that if women lift weights they will immediately gain giant muscles and be “bulky”. The women you see on IG Tic Tok and Facebook who are indeed bulky work to look like that and it has taken them many, many years to get there. They’re diet consists of hundreds of grams of protein and many hours in the gym a day. You’re coming for an hour 3, 4, 5 days a week and we don’t even lift weights every day.

You know what’s dangerous? Doing nothing. Every sport or exercise program comes with risk. Runners get shin splints, Jones fractures, stress fractures, just to name a few. Men’s league (weekend warriors) basketball, hockey and softball players get hurt weekly. Pulled hamstrings, rolled ankles, torn Achilles tendons. Golfers get “golfer’s elbow and bulging & ruptured discs. Recreational bike riders can hit a pothole and go over the handlebars, or mountain bikers could hit a tree.

However, at CrossFit Beverly you constantly have our coaches eyes on you. We are always cueing and assisting you to assure you are moving the most efficiently you can to allow for proper mechanics which in turn creates a safe workout. This in turn makes you stronger to withstand your other recreational activities because you will be stronger and more flexible.

Weight and resistance training actually improves body composition, posture, performance, and creates injury resilience.

We answer with a resounding YES! CrossFit’s methodology of “constantly varied, functional fitness performed at high intensity” is exactly what every person needs for a healthy, long life. What we train in the gym is practical outside of the gym. Squats simulate getting in and out of a chair. Presses simulate putting household items in places above your head like in a pantry or linen closet. Deadlifts simulate picking up bags of mulch, bags of groceries, or a toddler off the floor. That is functional fitness and we believe we offer the best program on the South Side to help you succeed inside and outside of the gym.

Perhaps, but you must learn to move with a PVC or Broom Handle before advancing to a barbell. When we introduce weightlifting of any kind we start everyone with a PVC pipe. Our practice reps and our 1 rep max must look identical. This can only be achieved by practicing with no to little weight to understand how to move our body and the barbell.

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