What Is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a Functional Strength & Conditioning program that delivers a fitness that is by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Elements of track & field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman are combined in short intense daily workouts to maximize results for any individual. CrossFit teaches functional movement patterns, or, movements that you find in real life -pushing, pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, and sprinting. The training effect you’ll experience at CrossFit Hanover, while satisfying and rewarding, comes second to the support, motivation, and inspiration you’ll gain from becoming an active part of our community. 

At face value, CrossFit can best be described as a workout program for anyone who wishes to maximize their efforts and prioritize their health while avoiding a routine that leads to inconsistent attendance, lack of results, and eventually giving up.  In our 10+ years of experience in the CrossFit industry, we’ve found that there are two main types of CrossFit Athletes – the Competitive CrossFit Athlete and the Lifestyle CrossFit Athlete.  And while [depending on the individual] these athletes can be vastly different or minutely similar, there is one common denominator – they’re all part of the same community and co-exist in support of one another.  We’ll try to help define the two types of CrossFit athletes below.

The Competitive CrossFit Athlete

If you’ve ever stumbled across the CROSSFIT GAMES on ESPN2, then you’ve gotten a first hand look at the competitive side of CrossFit – the “Sport of Fitness.”  In the past 8 years, the CrossFit Games have gone from a small shin-dig at a ranch in California to an event that begins every year with the CrossFit Open (300k+ participants) and Regionals (to narrow down the field), to the Games (which determines the Fittest Man and Woman on EARTH).  There are competitive CrossFit athletes all over the place, and they train hard, eat clean, focus on recovery, and try to maximize every second they spend in and out of the gym to improve their performance.

What makes a Competitive CrossFit Athlete, you ask?  Well, in our experiences, the best CrossFit athletes are former athletes who graduated from either high school or college after years of competitive sports, only to see an immediate halt to their normal training program/athletic competition.  We’ve heard “I just finished my college sport and missed that competitive feeling I got when I used to compete” a time or two.  Thusly, we’ve got a fair number of former athletes who have made our CrossFit programming [or private programming options] their activity of choice to prepare for local CrossFit competitions and the CrossFit Open, which begins every February.

Our competitive CrossFit athletes train hard, compete hard, and are passionate about the Sport of CrossFit!  They attend our classes and open gym times to maximize their efforts and put their best foot forward on the field of battle.

The Lifestyle CrossFit Athlete

We’ve got a solid group of Competitive CrossFit Athletes at CrossFit Hanover, but let’s face it, they don’t call the Hanover the “Snackfood Capital of the World” for nothing!  In that respect, we pride ourselves on helping ordinary people make extraordinary advances in their health and fitness through our CrossFit programming.  When new members join CFH, they’re immediately pulled into the community we’ve worked for more than 8 years to create.  We encourage our CrossFit crew to live the lifestyle of the CrossFit athlete – that is, a life that includes proper nutrition, adequate rest, community involvement, and a passion for anything physically demanding that helps expand the limit of one’s experiences.   It’s about prioritizing your health and happiness to get the most out of your time on this earth – and if you improve your strength/endurance/stamina/flexibility and lose a few lbs in the process, it’s a win/win!

CrossFit will help anyone, regardless of current fitness level or physical limitation, to improve their fitness in a way that will inspire them to test their own physical abilities outside the gym.  For example:

Over the years at CFH, we’ve have a bunch of members who joined our gym for one main reason.. they were signing up for an Obstacle Course Race (OCR) with some friends or co-workers and didn’t want to “look like a fool.”  So, they joined the gym, fell in love with CrossFit, and never looked back.  They were able to not only complete their OCR, but they’ve since done a dozen + races, ran half/full marathons, and go for long hikes every single weekend.  They made their health a priority and, as a result,  have developed a “joie de vivre” (love for life) and continually work to expand the margin of their experiences.

At CFH, at least 75% of our members fit in the Lifestyle CrossFit Athlete group because they want to get more out of life, whether it be to complete a Spartan Race with buddies, run a marathon, or keep up with their kids/grandkids – for them it’s more about competing with oneself to continually improve upon weaknesses.

Regardless of whether you’re a competitive athlete looking to maximize your performance or an average-joe/jane looking to lose a few lbs and begin to prioritize your health, CrossFit Hanover has not only the expertise but the community support system in place to help you reach your goals safely and within a timely manner.  We’ve also got different programs to meet nearly anyone’s individual needs.  Click the button below to schedule a “No Sweat Intro” to find out more and to help determine which of our programs would best suit your needs! We’re here to help!