CrossFit in Detail

CrossFit was created by Greg Glassman through years of pursuing his belief in fitness. In CrossFit, we define fitness as being competent in all the 10 components of fitness. These are defined as:

  • 1. Cardio Endurance
  • 2. Strength
  • 3. Stamina
  • 4. Agility
  • 5. Flexibility
  • 6. Balance
  • 7. Power
  • 8. Speed
  • 9. Coordination
  • 10. Accuracy

CrossFit is a ‘strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity’.

This, broken down, simply means that before your body gets used to the same stimulus we keep your body constantly challenged, forcing it to adapt to the tasks at hand. We don’t put the body in unnatural positions through the use of machines we instead mimic real life situations using large muscle groups in conjunction with each other. The workout is then completed as fast as is possible for the individual whilst maintaining the CrossFit standards and full range of movement, you are continually aiming to beat your previous best which acts as an excellent motivational tool.

The concept behind CrossFit is GPP, General Physical Preparedness, the idea of being prepared physically and mentally for an infinite number of tasks, which are transferable to everyday life.


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Check our timetable for beginner classes.

Anyone who is new to CrossFit Central Manchester, regardless of current fitness level, will have to complete our On-Ramp before moving into the CrossFit classes.

What to expect and class structure

Your time in the On-Ramp will be spent introducing you to the 9 fundamental movements as defined by CrossFit. All classes are separated into three sections, the ‘Warm Up’, ‘Skill of the Day’ and the ‘WOD’.

1. ‘The Warm Up’

Simply put, we typically perform a generalised warm-up designed to increase your heart rate & blood flow, introduce you to scaled versions of movements coming later in the class, get a little out of breath and possibly work on some mobility.

2. ‘Skill of the Day’

This section of the class is where we break down and focus on techniques, ensuring you are working towards or achieving the CrossFit standards of full range of motion, learning the difference between a movement done wrong and one done right. We will gradually increase the weights and intensity to a level that is comfortable for you. As you progress, we will push these boundaries and try to work more and more outside of your “Comfort Zone”. We believe there is a very big difference between working with intensity safely, and pushing yourself to the point of inviting injury. We will always to encourage you to work hard, but safely.

3. ‘The WOD’ a.k.a. ‘The Workout of the Day’

As a beginner you’ll be coached through how to scale the workouts correctly to ensure:
1. you get a good workout
and most importantly:
2. You don’t get injured!
Weights, reps and times will be adjusted to suit the individual.
The workout will be different every day in order to keep you & your body on your/it’s toes! Today could be squats and push ups, tomorrow could be deadlifts, pull ups and kettlebell swings….. or not! You’ll never know until you turn up to the class!

Check our timetable to see if there’s a class time that suits you. Alternatively you can opt for personal training sessions.

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