Classic Crossfit

You may have seen the term Classic CrossFit on our website or heard me say it from time to time. It’s a rather strange phrase to use to describe something that’s only been around for about a decade.

Over the past ten years CrossFit has changed. The prescription of what CrossFit is has not changed but because of the growth and resulting variations in implementation the CrossFit experience is not the same from gym to gym.


The CrossFit prescription is to perform constantly varied functional movements at high intensity. More specifically practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow and keep workouts short and intense.

That’s what we do. We follow that prescription pretty strictly. We don’t promise to give our members a 20-30 minute workout every day. We don’t need to workout for 20 minutes straight if we hit a 7min AMRAP of Kettlebell Swings, Wallballs and Push-ups as hard as we can. Classic CrossFit is simple, effective and elegant. We’re not distracted by fancy programing. We spend most of our time in short, intense couplets and triplets. We go long every once in a while. Long is anything over 20 minutes, and once in a while is once or twice a month.

With intensity comes potency and results. That’s what we’re after. That’s what Classic CrossFit delivers.

Some of the original CrossFit ladies, demonstrating high intensity. Video courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

Now go live better.