No contracts. No gimmicks. Just tough, old school training and great results.
CrossFit can equally be described as state of the art, cutting edge of athletic performance training. Or alternatively, as old school training stressing high intensity, functional training using ‘primitive’ training tools. We typically use ‘retro kit’ such as kettlebells, ropes, matts, vaulting horse, gymnastic rings, olympic lifting techniques, sprints and medicine balls. We emphasise skills and coaching over a broad range of physical tasks such as learning how to use your body, running, jumping, throwing or moving heavy objects or your own body.
We use specific training tools known to develop real human ‘horse power’ and shy away from machines, isolation exercises and and low intensity training..
We dont do pec decks, machines or mirrors and no, we wont sell you a protien shakes, skin tight Muscle T shirts or supplements. Instead we will talk about good nutrition, efficient biomechanics, functional movement, skill, speed, and power. If you want to get fit, get healthy or get better at sport – come and see us. If you want to develop your beach muscles or look in a mirror as you ‘do your arms’ – we are probably not the place for you.
CrossFit Bristol offers coaching, not classes or unsupervised access to machine based exercise programs.
Our offer to you
Crossfit Bristol offers you quality, performance based training. We believe strongly that fitnesss is about health and improved performance over a wide range of domains, its not just about aesthetics. We believe this approach is damaging, short sited and ineffective for long term health. In short we offer a crucible to test and develop yourself. If you are serious, come and try us, if not join gym.
An environment to build your self, to test yourself – to improve your self.
CrossFit has a refreshingly simple message. Eat right, train really hard and we will make you fitter and stronger than you have ever thought possible. And guess what – you’ll even look and feel good to.
CrossFit offers better training, better fun, better sessions and better results. What’s more every session is different – you’ll NEVER know what you’ll be doing in a session. No boring work outs – no pec decks or curls we are talking old school here and great fun too.
CrossFit is quite simply the best conditioning and training system available today.
If you want to look good, feel good or perform a physical task like no one else – there is nothing on par with CrossFit.
What is it ?
CrossFit has a unique approach to Fitness training. In fact, its so good that its used by Professional Fighters, The U.S Marine Corps, Navy S.E.A.L s, Athletes, Law Enforcement Agencies and Elite Military Units across the world. Just about anyone placing human beings in an environment where life its self depends on human physical performance wants CrossFit or an imitation of it. CrossFit works for people of all abilities and allows ordinary people to develop seemingly impossible physical abilities.
Where did it come from ?
Crossfit was founded by Greg Glassman who ‘tells it how it is’. Glassman challenged the existing fitness orthodoxy by asking ackward questions about training and subsequently offending a range of ‘experts’ in the process. The Fitness establishment tried to ignore or undermine Glassman and CrossFit as a minority activity. Eventually they branded CrossFit dangerous, and even a cult – at one stage, none of which proved to be true. To compound the issue, Glassman and his theories were proved to work consistently who then shared them freely with anyone that was interested.
The CrossFit method proved so successful, it expanded from a specialist interest for a minority to the proven tool used by elite athletes, fighters and the armed forces. CrossFit’s appeal has not been missed by the military. Particularly the special forces community who embraced it with open arms. CrossFit has taken off so dramatically here that there are even separate sections for military based CrossFit Affiliates.
The U.S marines were so impressed by the CrossFit method that they adopted a CrossFit based fitness selection process. More recently, the Navy S.E.A.L s adopted CrossFit to prepare recruits for their world famous B.U.D.s course and I believe its being used across the board by military and Law Enforcement staff. Coupled with its use by big name fighters such as B.J Penn .
The evidence for doing Crossfit is now so compelling the real question is simply this. Why aren’t you doing it ?
How does Crossfit work?
Crossfit is delivers a programme of exercise and nutrition. It uses large multi joint movements and no machines (well apart from a Concept 2 Rower). Workouts, (called W.O.D. s) are short, intense, highly varied. They are also scaleable for different fitness levels or abilities. In recognition of their sheer intensity some work outs are even named.
Thats right – just like Hurricanes! Some of these work outs are tests or benchmarks against which you can measure yourself. CrossFit strives to use large ‘functional’ multi joint movements because trainees use their bodies as they were meant to be used – as a whole – a unit – a functioning system of muscles, bones and organs. There are no isolation movements – (such a bicep curls – tricep presses) as they have no functional use in the real world and are detrimental to overall performance. Your body simply does not work as a series of unrelated muscles – as a Krav Maga instructor I see this with Body builders and poor power – co ordination again and again.
But I thought you needed Isolation exercises to develop strength ?
Isolation exercises originated in Bodybuilding where the main focus is in developing bulk for aesthetic reasons. Strength is a by-product of this process rather than its goal. This is why powerlifters and body builders train differently. Bodybuilding regimes invest in a model that does not work well in Humans. Reductionism.
That is reducing your body to distinct and separate components. Your body is designed to be a finely balanced system of levers (bones), gears (muscles) and engine (heart and lungs). This is all co-ordinated by your brain, which is designed to co-ordinate physical activity using muscular effort through co-ordinated use of the body.
In fact the brain is not wired up to co-ordinate individual muscles with each other – but rather as large groups to move the body efficiently. Body builders and alike may want to develop the head of their bicep or shape their Pecs but this is about aesthetics not function. In short they get heavy – often slow and little stronger than a crossfitter – who is also fast, powerful and agile. The Crossfitter will be nearly as strong, or in many cases stronger at real world tasks , fitter, faster, healthier and have better flexibility and endurance.
In fact the CrossFitter would perform better at just about any physical challenge you could select.
Interested then contact us and come and try CrossFit.
- CrossFit Bristol runs classes in the Bristol Area
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