What is CrossFit?

So… what is it?

CrossFit combines the best parts of weightlifting, sprinting, calisthenics, kettlebells, and a little bit of basic gymnastics. By sticking to the most effective exercises from each, we can do really efficient workouts in about 30 minutes. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general, and inclusive fitness.

CrossFit Endurance combines CrossFit with effective endurance capacity training. This leads to an all around durable person who can do anything from lifting heavy weights or throwing bales of hay, to running a marathon at a blistering pace or crushing an Ironman triathlon.

Instead of rows of weight machines, our facility is filled with pull-up bars, kettlebells, barbells, rowers, and wide open space for squatting, running, jumping, climbing, lifting, and moving your body the way it is supposed to be moved. All of your workouts are made up of exercises that mimic movements performed in day-to-day life or sport. We focus on improving functional movements that are necessary and common in your daily activities, like picking up your kids or moving that bag of mulch from your trunk to the backyard.

What’s a WOD?

Workout of the Day.

What happens at a CrossFit class?

A class can typically be divided into three different parts:


We start by warming up our bodies and our range of motion with some simple movements. This will include exercises specific to the upcoming workout.


Next we’ll work on strength and technique (or skill development). One day we’ll work on deadlifts; on another, presses, or handstands, etc. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what these movements are! You’ll learn about them and get a chance to practice as you go.)


The “meat and potatoes” of the class is the WOD. The WOD averages around 15 minutes of work and includes a variety of movements. You’ll start the WOD as a group, resulting in an enthusiastic, supportive atmosphere.

What machines do you have at your gym?

Our members! Besides our members, the only machines you’ll probably ever see at CFRE are rowers and Airdynes. We don’t use machines that isolate muscle groups because you can’t improve human movement — and fitness — without using your body’s full range of capability.