Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard the words “CrossFit” somewhere. This dynamic and innovative workout is best known in the community as “the sport of fitness”. CrossFit may seem intimidating to those who have only seen big muscled men and women flipping tires and showing off they’re six pack abs, but the truth is- it can benefit anyone!
CrossFit is a unique exercise program that focus’s on strength and conditioning, and is described as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement.” Developed by trainer Greg Glassman, this method of getting physically fit has rapidly become one of the most popular workouts in the United States in the past few years. There are many reasons- and unique exercise techniques- that make CrossFit a fitness routine that gets you into good shape, quickly.
At “boxes” (gyms) around the country, CrossFit enthusiasts participate in a WOD (workout of the day) that lasts anywhere from 8-20 minutes, and includes a mixture of strength training and aerobic exercises, which can be tailored to all fitness levels. Hour-long classes at some “boxes” include a warm-up, skill development section, the high-intensity WOD and then a period of group stretching.
Because CrossFit uses movements that can be modified to a level that is appropriate for any individuals physical limitations, anyone who is willing to push themselves and improve their personal fitness can achieve results. When done safely and sensibly, it can certainly be incredibly beneficial in overall fitness, health and well-being of anyone who participates.
With the basic foundation of proper weight lifting techniques, as well as knowledge of regular CrossFit movements (i.e. rowing, jumping rope, box jumps, pull-up bars, etc.) almost anyone can participate in this novel exercise regimen. There are WOD websites where people can find their own workout of the day to do in the comfort of their own home, and tailor it to their own fitness level. Its often encouraged to keep track of the results of each WOD, as this high-intensity exercise program yields improvements and results in strength and conditioning fairly quickly.
CrossFit supporters praise the routine for being an effective way to enhance fitness, build stronger muscles and improve overall health in a shorter amount of time than it would take with moderate exercise. Shorter, more intense “vigorous” aerobic exercise has proven to be more efficient and offer greater health benefits than longer, drawn out exercise programs.
Another benefit of working out at a CrossFit “box”, is that it is a community of people who are there to encourage, motivate and aid in improvement and fitness. Whether the workout is timed, or counted by number of rounds, everyone participating cheers each other on and is there to support fellow CrossFitters. It is truly a unique workout experience, and a great way to get in shape and improve health in an intense and fun environment.