Many of you may have heard the word “Crossfit” spoken about while deciding what type of exercise routine you want to follow. While the term is familiar, what type of exercise class is this and how does it benefit me is still quite vague?
Crossfit is a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport. It is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of Hig-Intensity Interval Training, Olympic weight lifting, Plyometrics, Gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected.”
The Crossfit website says, “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.”
While all of that sounded quite intimidating, Crossfit is designed with scalability and is inclusive in nature. If you are the kind who really likes to go all out while training, intrigued by lifting heavy weights and enjoy the burn of a good workout, then Crossfit is made for you.
If the regular machines at the gym bore you, in Crossfit there are NO machines at all. Every movement is controlled by your body. If you want to carry additional weight, then barbells, kettlebells, and dumbbells are available. Here you are the machine!
Crossfit almost never allows you to repeat the same set of movements in the same combination. Each day a “WOD” or Work Out of the Day is created which members will follow. This gives variety and a new set of challenges every time you hit the box.
It is a group class and very coach focused. Unlike other group classes where the instructor does the movements and the group follows, this works very differently. The WOD is explained in detail by the coach and the group does it in a particular time frame at their own speed and scale. The one you compete with every day is yourself.
Lastly, Crossfit does not train you in any one type of exercise. It is a mix, which is why it is called “Functional Training”. It will help you function better every day. It enables you to do more physical activities like running, trekking, cycling, obstacle courses, etc. It will help you run fast with your luggage when late for a bus, carry your own groceries, lift your own suitcase, sit in a better posture at work, protect yourself if ever attacked, jump high if you need too and take the stairs when the elevator is busy. And this is a great way to live.
Take a trial Crossfit Class, don’t think twice just go for it. It is highly addictive!
Vinitha is a fitness enthusiast and a CrossFit junkie. She is a health and fitness blogger and has her own blog www.lunchboxlicense.wordpress.com. Follow her blog and facebook page to get some great health tips.