25 Important CrossFit Exercises (and How to RX them All)

Important CrossFit Exercises – From elite athletes to weekend warriors and Crossfit mums, these tips will help you to improve your technique, stay safe, have fun with every single one of these Crossfit exercises.

Simply choose the exercise that you want to work on below then click on that page using the list or the numbers at the bottom. Have fun and keep training hard!

1 Snatch

2 Clean

3 Front Squat

4 Overhead Squat

5 Overhead Press

6 Bench Press

7 Push Press

8 Back Squat

9 Deadlift

10 Squat Jerk

11 Split Jerk

12 Barbell Row

13 Thruster

14 Pull Up

15 Ring Muscle Up

16 Bar Muscle Up

17 Ring Handstand Push Up

18 Handstand Push Up

19 Handstand Walk

20 Double Unders

21 Wall Balls

22 Box Jumps

23 Burpees

24 Rope Climbing

25 Kettlebell Swing


Learning the Snatch technique is one of the hardest skills to master. It contrasts with the clean and jerk, in that it favours the athleticism attributed to a gymnastic body-type over the ‘gym-bro’, who may be struggling to learn the snatch after years spent believing that parallel squats were the lowest one could possibly go, and the overhead squat was a mere fairytale.

A big snatch requires all the elements of flexibility, strength, power and technique, without one of these your snatch will eventually suffer. This article is here to help prevent the frustration that the snatch can inevitably bring.

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Sara Sigmundsdottir in action

Important CrossFit Exercises – CLEAN

The Clean is a lift that requires power, posture, skill and strength. Here is how to do it properly, break through plateaus, and raise your lifts to the next level.

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Cleaning time!

Important CrossFit Exercises – FRONT SQUAT

The Front Squat has always been a staple exercise in Olympic weightlifting programs, as it serves as the base for the catch position in the clean. But since people tend to lift more weight with Back Squats and may find keeping the rack position of the bar difficult, front squats are often neglected.

When done correctly, Front Squats will:

  • Increase the depth of the movement
  • Improve core strength
  • Activate glutes
  • Improve related exercises such as Thrusters or Squat Cleans
  • Build Strength

Click to Perfect your Front Squat Technique now!

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Stay strong!

Important CrossFit Exercises – OVERHEAD SQUAT

The overhead squat is the ultimate core exercise, the heart of the snatch, and peerless in developing effective athletic movement. This demanding exercise reveals every lack of mobility without mercy.

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The overhead Squat is highly useful for developing your snatch

Important CrossFit Exercises – OVERHEAD PRESS

The Overhead Press (also known as the Strict Press or Shoulder Press) is a compound exercise that involves lifting a weighted barbell overhead to a fully locked out position with the strict use of the shoulders and arms.

Pressing the bar overhead is still one of the most useful upper body exercises you can do. This highly effective exercise involves the entire body. Your feet, legs, glutes, core, abs, hips, ankles and wrists help to stabilise the body whilst your shoulders, upper chest, back and arms press the bar overhead.

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move well and get strong!

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