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

Learn how to master these 25 fundamental CrossFit exercises and take your performance to the next level. Important for all beginner and scaled athletes.

The important CrossFit exercises are fundamental for the sport and should be mastered by all athletes practicing it. These tips will help you to improve your technique, stay safe and have fun with every single one.

Go through the full list of important CrossFit exercises or skip to the specific one yu want to improve on. Have fun and keep training hard!

Snatch
Clean
Front Squat
Back Squat
Overhead Squat
Overhead Press
Bench Press
Push Press
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Deadlift
Squat Jerk
Split Jerk
Barbell Row
Thruster
Pull Up
Ring Muscle Up
Bar Muscle Up
Wall Walk
Handstand Walk
Double Unders
Wall Balls
Box Jumps
Burpees
Rope Climbing
Kettlebell Swing

Important CrossFit Exercises

Snatch

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 fairy tale.

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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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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squat cleanSource: Stevie D Photography

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.

However, given that most 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

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Important CrossFit exercises include the front squatSource: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc

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