What Is CrossFit?

When thinking about how to explain what CrossFit® is, we like to start with what CrossFit is not:

CrossFit is NOT…

…for people expecting results without hard work
…for people unwilling to try new things
…for people afraid to leave their egos at home

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 to fit the needs of each individual.

CrossFit is intense, but we strive to make the intensity relative to whatever you are capable of. The workout of the day is the same for everyone, but we can tailor it to meet the needs of each individual. When you walk in to a CrossFit facility, you may see a 70 year old, a 25 year old, a teenager, and a firefighter all working alongside each other at their own capacity, but toward the same end result.

CrossFit can be intimidating. To a new client the gym might look like a warehouse full of strong, fit people lifting heavy weights really quickly, lots of times. The beauty in all of it, however, is that the programming is not just for the elite athlete, it is for everyone who is willing to show up and give their best effort.


CrossFit is the most effective and efficient general fitness program in the world. We use constantly varied, functional movements at a high intensity that delivers dramatic fitness results for crossfiters of all levels of skill and experience:

Constantly Varied: You will rarely do the same workout twice at CrossFit Steele Creek. By doing something different every time you work out you keep the body guessing and eliminate plateaus and boredom common in traditional programs. Certain “benchmark” workouts, however, are repeated every 2-3 months to measure performance improvements.

Functional movements: Our goal is to prepare our athletes for life’s obstacles. We do that by using training that mimics life – running, jumping, throwing, squatting, pulling, pushing, lifting.

High intensity: Performing vigorous exercise in a high intensity way is the most effective way to elicit positive changes in performance and body composition. We do this by timing most of our workouts and completing them as fast as safely possible.


All levels, all shapes, all sizes, all ages. The ability to scale the workout for any level is one of the reasons that the CrossFit program is so successful. Scalability allows athletes to gauge their progression by measuring the increase in weight/reps or decrease in time in repeated workouts. Scalability allows all athletes to workout together as one community, regardless of fitness level. Scalability also works in both directions. We scale down for newer crossfitters, injured crossfitters and whenever necessary. We scale up for crossfitters who need a more challenging workout in order to achieve optimal results. Classes are run by professional, CrossFit-certified coaches who are committed to teaching proper technique, encouraging intensity, and maintaining class structure.


CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Our proven workouts are designed to train and build stronger, faster, better athletes. Whether coming off the blocks on a 400m sprint, driving out of a 3 point stance to attack the quarterback or preparing to take a shot on net, the primary goal for all athletes is to be able to perform at their competitive best while reducing the injury potential.


Our seniors enjoy life by becoming stronger and fitter and maintaining better coordination and balance. The fitness regimen that a senior requires to maintain physical independence is the same for a professional athlete looking to maintain physical dominance in his or her sport. The difference is that we train our seniors by using less weight, fewer reps and more rest. This gets results because our method allows exposure to the workouts at a challenging and tolerable intensity.


Sometimes women can become intimidated after browsing CrossFit websites and videos. Some women worry that CrossFit will give you “bulky muscles”. Some women worry that they are not in “good enough shape” to start CrossFit.

At Bear Canyon Crossfit, approximately half of our crossfitters are female. They range from experienced athletes to those just trying to lose a couple of pounds. The beauty of CrossFit is that every exercise is scaleable to your fitness level even if you are a beginner. You will NEVER be asked to do something that will jeopardize your safety and our program focuses on giving exercises to burn fat and boost the formation of lean muscle. You will, however, be asked to use every muscle in your body to perfect your form, ultimately leading to a rewarding workout and results in a short period of time.


Whether your child is a budding athlete or just wants to have fun while they get fit, CrossFit is the answer. Our program is designed to build self-confidence by helping young adults become fit and reach their full potential. We tailor the workouts to build muscle, strength and speed, at a level appropriate for the growing body.

CrossFit provides an incredible support system and your classmates will be there to support you while pushing at the same time. In time, you will begin to do things that you once believed impossible and you will feel incredibly empowered and thankful. You WILL see results as long as you never give up.


There is only one way to find out. Contact us to schedule your trial class and we’ll see if we’re a good fit!