SO WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
CrossFit comprises constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains – courtesy of CrossFit Inc.
It is a fitness ideal that incorporates elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, plyometrics and high-intensity interval training, among other exercises.
Courtesy of CrossFit inc
Oh right. Doesn’t sound like running machines and cross trainers we have at my gym.
Nope. CrossFit Boxes – not gyms – use equipment such as barbells, dumbbells, gymnastic rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyo boxes and medicine balls.
So no machines at all then?
Very few, maybe a rowing machine or two.
Hang on, isn’t CrossFit that thing where people run around like mad men lifting loads of things?
Sort of. The workouts vary from session to session, so you won’t find your them repetitive. There is lots of types of weights used, as well as circuits involving several different activities. And there are high-intensity drills too, to ensure you get the maximum benefit.
But the sessions are all planned and designed to suit all the members of the class. You will be shown the correct and safe way to carry out each exercise and each class will stay within what the members are able to do.
So while it may look a bit chaotic, it’s all under control.
But don’t you have to have rippling abs and bulging muscles to do CrossFit?
Not at all. CrossFit is completely scaleable. So while at the very top end it is able to challenge the fittest people on the planet, anyone who is committed to improving their health and fitness can do CrossFit regardless of experience. It’s designed for commandos and couch potatoes alike.
But there are competitions, aren’t there?
Yes. CrossFit is both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport. Clubs sometimes hold their own events and there is also the annual CrossFit Games in the States. The athletes compete in workouts they only learn about hours before hand. It’s seen as determining the fittest people on Earth who are “ready for anything”. The 2016 Games attracted nearly 350,000 competitors from 175 countries.
Wow, so it’s a popular thing this CrossFit?
It seems so. There are currently around 13,000 CrossFit Boxes globally. And recent analysis the participants are almost an equal 50-50 split between men and women.
But what makes it different from just going to the gym?
In a word – camaraderie. You are guided throughout by a coach, rather than left to your own devices. And the community that arises when people do these types of workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective. You will be in a class with people of similar ability levels and similar aims – and so you will all be willing one another along to complete the exercises and achieve your goals.
Regular CrossFitters often say that they came for the exercise but stay for the community.
Plus, you will never be left to your own devises like so many are at traditional gyms. Instead, you will take part in a carefully planned workout session tailored to helping you achieve your goals.
So I can’t work out by myself then?
One-to-one personal training and other such sessions will still be available, but the main focus of the Box will be the group training and our community at CrossFit Muscle Yard.
And where can I find out more about CrossFit?
If you can’t find your answers on this site then we recommend you browse the official CrossFit website at www.crossfit.com. We also think this independent review – www.nerdfitness.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-crossfit/ – could be helpful.
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