By now you have probably heard about a new exercise routine that people call cross-fit. They talk about how difficult it is and use program specific jargon.  When you ask somebody what exactly it is, they can rarely give a good answer.  They may say that it is the hardest work out they have ever done. They may say that the workout changes from day-to-day.  One thing is for sure, people either really love it or they really hate it.

 Cross-fit is a set of constantly varied functional movements performed at relative high intensity designed to increase work capacity over broad time and modal domains. (

 The brand is gaining in popularity all across the globe.  Most of the workouts involve very little equipment. A typical workout lasts for about an hour.  It starts with a 15 to 20 minute warmup followed by instruction on the exercises that are in the main workout.  Classes range from 5 to 30 people per class and there is always an instructor.

The workout itself is a measurable level of fitness.  Usually the workout has a timer and the goal is to get through the workout as quickly as possible.  The class setting creates a competitive dynamic.  Some workouts are for a set amount of time and you just complete as many repetitions as possible in the given time.

 Exercises on any given day can vary greatly. Olympic lifting, running, pull-ups, push-ups, squat thrusts, rowing and flipping giant tractor tires are all things that you are likely to find in a gym.

 Members agree that the best part is the feeling of community in each gym. Friendships that are made extend way beyond working out. They support each other through some of the most grueling workouts they can endure. Most people agree that they do better when the group is cheering them on.

 The games are becoming the new level of fitness that athletes are aspiring to.  They invite anybody in the world to sign up and compete in a series of workouts. As athletes complete these work outs they rank and move further into the competition.  The competition culminates in an event where the fittest people on earth compete for the title and money.