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CrossFit 1871 at YMCA gym

CrossFit 1871 is the name of our CrossFit affiliate. As a YMCA gym 1871 member you are not only part of the global YMCA movement, but also the CrossFit community. CrossFit boxes can be found all around the world, and in the time since the first 'box' opened at the turn of the century CrossFit has turned into a global community of affiliates and athletes, and a sport. CrossFit Games

CrossFit 1871 is the first affiliate in the UK run by YMCA Coaches in a YMCA facility. We're really excited to be bringing CrossFit to the YMCA community.

The focus of CrossFit is the workout of the day. Each workout is designed to be challenging. The session lasts an hour. You'll be guided through the workout, and we'll explain the points of performance.

We're sticklers for form. We'll help you to move better. As an 1871 athlete we'll ask nothing of you that you can't do.

Each workout is scaled to serve the requirements of athletes of every fitness level. Our community wouldn't be what it is unless a professional athlete and a grandmother can work out together and have a positive experience.

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General physical skills

If your goal is optimum physical competence then all the general physical skills must be considered:

Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance

The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.


The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilise energy.


The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.


The ability to maximise the range of motion at a given joint.


The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.


The ability to minimise the time cycle of a repeated movement.


The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.


The ability to minimise transition time from one movement pattern to another.


The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.


The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

Courtesy of CrossFit Inc

World class fitness in 100 words

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch.
Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.
Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow.
Routine is the enemy.
Keep workouts short and intense.
Regularly learn and play new sports.
Courtesy of CrossFit Inc

CrossFit Journal: The Performance-Based Lifestyle Resource

How do I get started?

We'll make sure you are ready before we throw you in the deep end - it's all about the fundamentals. Starting is easy and you can try us before you decide to join.

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