In recent years working ours has gotten more popular than ever. This is, of course, amazing. Not only you get to have a wonderful body by working out but you also do wonders for your inner being – your confidence, your attitude, the way you carry yourself and of course for your health.
However, with all the new programs emerging and all those workout plans that aren’t custom designed but rather a part of a group program it may get confusing what is what and which trainings will actually help your body reshape and become what you hoped it would be.
What is CrossFit, anyway?
One of the most recommended workouts by experts is CrossFit. The definition of CrossFit that you’ll find anywhere on the internet is "Constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement."
When broken down into segments, this quote translates into:
CrossFit is absolutely amazing because it is designed in such a way that it doesn’t let your body adapt to a single workout but it keeps changing which puts your body under a positive pressure and leads to weight loss and body re-shaping.
Most people have a misconception of what an “intense” workout means. All of you probably expect veins popping in your forehead and neck, immense sweating and probably the need to grunt and scream at the top of your lungs. Well, this is where you are wrong. Not always is intensity so painful. Intensity is all about the act of creating power where power is treated as a force multiplied by distance divided by time. Meaning, intensity/power is how much weight you can move in the shortest amount of time and over the longest distance.
When it comes to CrossFit, the goal of the training is to create people who can move more weight, flip a tire faster, run farther, do more push-ups and all while maintaining proper technique and form, of course.
As humans, we are built for functional movements. This type of movement is completely safe and natural and it’s something we do every day – pulling ourselves up, squat, deadlift, etc.
Unlike most gym workouts performed on machines and gym equipment, CrossFit engages your whole body. CossFit is not a workout that holds one part of your body in one place while the other part of your body is fully engaged. Cross fit doesn’t isolate one muscle leaving your body unbalanced with useless strength. CrossFit movements promote neurological and hormonal responses which consequently lead to actual strength, better health, actual core stability, agility, and flexibility.
CrossFit can be scaled to anyone’s body, any age, and any level of fitness.
What do I expect on my training?
Just as with any other group training you will be expected to show up on time in your clothing for fitness and CrossFit so that the whole group can start working out at the same time. CrossFit workout sessions take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. There are instructors leading the training, walking around helping out and keeping track.
CrossFit gyms usually split the classes into three or four sections:
A warm up
CrossFit sessions are pretty intense and dynamic and so are the warm-ups. This won’t be your typical gym jogging on a treadmill for 5 minutes, but jumps, jump rope, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, push ups, pull ups. Anything you do during a warm up compliment the movements you’ll be doing in the workout that day.
Strengths and skill work
Depending on the workout your trainer set for the day, you’ll be instructed certain workouts. For instance, if it’s a strength day, you’ll work on strength movement like deadlifts and squats. If it’s not a strength day, you’ll focus on other things as instructed.
THE WORKOUT OF THE DAY: A certain number of reps of particular exercises will be set for you to do as quickly as possible. You may also have a time limit set to do as many of a certain exercise as possible.
Stretching and cool down
This is how your workout ends. Either individually or as a whole group you get your cool down time to come to. It’s not unusual for certain people to puke after a CrossFit workout as it can get extremely intense.
You should consult a gym instructor before joining any program, laying out your expectations so that he/she helps you chose the program best suitable for you. Know this, though - you can’t be wrong with CrossFit, that’s for sure.