U.S. Coast Guard Office of Work-Life Programs Review of Crossfit

The information below is from the USCG.mil website and was last updated on 9/24/2013

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CrossFit 
is a core strength and conditioning program designed to optimize fitness in a variety of physical challenges. CrossFit is optimal for any athlete seeking to enhance physical performance in high intensity activity. CrossFit trains the body in 10 areas of fitness: Cardiovascular Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy.

Pros
Equipment is fairly inexpensive and requires little room to set up.  Training methods when done correctly increase core strength and functional fitness. CrossFit website is a resource that provides daily workouts.

Cons
May not work well on ships underway.  Exercises must be done correctly or injury may result.  Intensity of CrossFit workouts may be too challenging for beginners if the workout is not scaled to the individual’s fitness level.

Important Information: Group or unit-wide CrossFit workouts should be led by a certified CrossFit instructor. For more information contact your regional HPM.

Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, LT Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or e-mail atTimothy.M.Merrell@uscg.mil.

http://www.uscg.mil/sapr/crossfit_program.asp