CrossFit is a lifestyle characterized by safe, effective exercise and sound nutrition. CrossFit can be used to accomplish any goal, from improved health to weight loss to better performance. The program works for everyone people who are just starting out and people who have trained for years.

Where, When and How much?


Cross Fit- gyms  known as a "Box"  are worldwide  . They are nothing like your private gym membership though- think more industrial warehouse. CrossFit gyms use equipment from multiple disciplines, including barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars,  ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyo boxes, resistance bands, rowing machines, air bikes etc "

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Cost varies, but is typically slightly cheaper than a conventional gym membership.  Cross fit Harrogate charge £78 per month for full membership but there are off peak , couple and pay as you go deals available.

The Workouts


Known as WOD's- Workout of the Day.  The workouts focus on key elements including gymnastics (pull ups etc) weightlifting and cardio.  I like this summary in


One of the best things about CrossFit is that it's almost infinitely scalable. If you can't do the workout as prescribed, then you do what you can. So, if you can't do bodyweight pull-ups, you can do ring rows, or use bands, or you can do jump pull-ups. The same goes for almost every movement. If you're uncomfortable deadlifting 135 pounds, deadlift less. If you don't want to do box jumps on a 36-inch box, use 20 inches. Moreover, nobody is going to force you to do something you're completely unprepared to do. You'll go over how to do movements and lifts before you're ever asked to.However, CrossFit is also good at challenging you to do more than you think you can. The line between wussing out and honestly failing because you're so fatigued you can't even lift your finger might seem pretty thin. A tough CrossFit WOD can teach you the difference.

The Community


Rather than throwing you right into CrossFit classes the very day you sign up at your box, your coaches will likely get you started in introductory classes to make sure you know how to safely execute the many CrossFit movements regularly seen in WODs. These include the more basic, yet critical, exercises like the squat, deadlift and press, as well as more complex Olympic weightlifting movements, including the clean and jerk and snatch. The thing I liked about Cross Fit is that you have to complete this fundamentals course before you can go the classes. This teaches you the basics of some of the widely used functional moves that are used in the WODS. I don't think I had fully appreciated quite how technical some of these movements are and how easy it is to get into the wrong position and potential injuring causing postures. That said, every workout can be adjusted so every single person can do a version of that workout. 

CrossFit coaches tailor training for individuals by modifying workouts. Trainers might change the movements in the workout, or they might change its length. They might ask an athlete to lift more or less weight. They might ask an athlete to move faster or slower. This process is often referred to as scaling. Do it right and go light until you know what you are doing. By adjusting workouts, trainers allow the fittest people and first-timers to train side by side and both groups become healthier. The best part: The experienced athlete and the new person will bump fists at the end of the workout, each knowing the other just overcame a challenge.

 Although the only competition is with yourself, the team spirit and community of Cross fit is legendary.   I could tell as soon as I walked into the start of the fundamentals course that this is a nice bunch of people . Being typically British we smiled and laughed initially but towards the end of the course we lost that British reserve and shouted and cheered each other over the finishing line.  Google Cross Fit games, a worldwide phenomena now and you will appreciate the size and passion of this community. I am told that every CrossFit gym has a really tight-knit community feel to it and this is definitely true of the Harrogate 

The picture above says it all, the lady at the front a Cross fit legend, fittest lady on earth taking a smiling selfie with Crossfit Harrogate fans