Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Nine Foundational Movements of CrossFit


A police officer with 14 years of experience on the Bristol, CT, police force, Farmington resident Bob Osborne was named the department’s Police Officer of the Year in 2006. Away from work, Bob Osborne enjoys running the trails around Farmington, CT, and practicing CrossFit.

A form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), CrossFit workouts are built around practical motions that borrow from a variety of sports including gymnastics, running, weightlifting, and rowing. Core strength and conditioning are the primary goals of this fitness practice, and participants keep records of their performance to motivate themselves and develop useful data.

CrossFit programs are designed around nine “foundational movements,” which can be divided into three broad categories:

1. Squats - The squat-related CrossFit exercises are the air squat, front squat, and overhead squat.

2. Presses - The three presses practiced in CrossFit are the shoulder press, push press, and push jerk.

3. Lifts - CrossFit athletes regularly practice the weighted deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, and medicine ball clean.