Introducing CrossFit LITE: Barbell-Free Programming Offered in Every Class

crossfit lite
What is CrossFit?

It is difficult to define CrossFit because it is a methodology, and takes on vastly different iterations due to its fairly inclusive definition from its creator:

“CrossFit is many things. Primarily, it’s a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. He was the first person in history to define fitness in a meaningful, measurable way (increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains). CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.”

This comes directly from the CrossFit main site, but leaves a tremendous amount of room for variation amongst CrossFit “boxes.”

So What is CrossFit Lite?

CrossFit Lite is Metro’s unique way of giving visibility to the different ways in which you can scale workouts. It takes time to learn how to use certain movement patterns safely and effectively and we want to teach you how to do so; however, we believe that this education will take time and experience.

“While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.”

CrossFit utilizes gymnastics, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, endurance training, plyometric exercises, and the list keeps on going. One of the cornerstones of CrossFit is the ability to scale workouts and movements to suite individual needs and capabilities. Even the most seasoned CrossFit athletes use scaling at some point because there are so many unique skills and movements to learn and use.

In order to get over the learning curve, scaled workouts will be available every day that showcase movement patterns that are easier to learn, create less stress on your joints, and allow you to slowly implement aspects of CrossFit that work for your unique body. We want to show you why so many people are changing their lives with the CrossFit methodology, while at the same time avoiding injury and the chauvinistic atmosphere that causes them.

Metro understands that most athletes work their 9-5 every day and do not have the time, energy, or desire to train like an elite level athlete, yet we also understand that taking aspects from their training can drive the changes needed make a positive impact on your health and life. CrossFit Lite strikes a great balance between CrossFit the sport vs CrossFit for life.

What is the difference in programming?

CrossFit LITE is programming for those who want to CrossFit but would like to avoid certain movements. Working with the barbell can be intimidating and many athletes simply don’t have a desire to perform barbell movements or to lift heavy, and that’s okay!

Whether you are a new athlete beginning your journey and want to keep things simple until you get the hang of this whole CrossFit thing or a veteran who prefers barbell-free workouts, CrossFit LITE is the solution for you.

Don’t be fooled, this programming isn’t easy. You’ll still perform functional, high intensity workouts, but you will be  using equipment and movement patterns better suited for your goals and abilities.

Our CrossFit LITE programming is available to athletes in every class that we offer. CrossFit LITE movements will focus on building:

  1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  4. Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

Come check out our CrossFit LITE programming. And remember, your first class is always FREE!