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 community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective, and it gave birth to a global network of CrossFit affiliates that number over 13,000. Harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.
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.
CrossFit Playground has been an affiliate for 10 years and was one of the first CrossFit gyms to open in Connecticut. At the Playground, we have lived through CrossFit’s transformation throughout the last decade; it’s origins derived from police and military training, followed by an era heavily driven by competition, to now its refocus on foundational movement, functional training, and your ability to express your fitness in all arenas of life.
Internally, CrossFit Playground has transformed through transitions in ownership and location. We’ve engaged in this practice for a long time and we’re proud of where we’ve been and what we’ve become. Our program, which has been customized around our facility, our equipment, and our members, is tried and true. Our Coaches are invested, knowledgable, and have many years of experience. Our community is, by far, the Best CrossFit Community around. We’re comprised of a large diversity of individuals who prioritize health, wellness, and community as a lifestyle.
If you think CrossFit might be a good fit for you, visit us at CrossFit Playground and we’ll help you get started. We look forward to meeting you soon.