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Health Care / PharmaThe CrossFit Addiction-How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life?
I did gymnastics for 17 years and work out at least 4-5 days a week, so you could say I'm into fitness. A few years I ago I stumbled upon CrossFit. What is it exactly? Butt-kicking, intense, hard breathing, sometimes insane workouts that will get you in the best shape of your life. Sound scary? Don't worry it can be tailored for people of all fitness levels and ages. Find out more details..are you up for the challenge?
What exactly is CrossFit?
By definition, CrossFit is
constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity.
Workouts will differ everyday in order to consitently improve the way you train. Repetitive workouts can result in plateaus, which will hinder any improvement in fitness. Functional movements are movements that your body is naturally designed to do (squatting down, lifting something up, moving your body forward). CrossFit teaches you how to do it in the most efficient way while incorporating different challenges ( adding weight, moving over obstacles, making your body go faster). In respect to high intensity, Crossfit is all about reaching your maximum potential such as running your fastest mile or maxing out at the number of pull-ups you can do. Each workout is designed so you will do it either in the fastest amount of time or perform the most reps possible.
By my definition, however, CrossFit is pure torture that will make you feel really, really good about yourself. Because when you finish a workout, you feel like you just climbed Mt. Everest. and who wouldn’t feel awesome about that? It is the hardest, most intense training, that I would even call a sport. You will become the ultimate athlete.
How did CrossFit start?
CrossFit was started by Greg Glassman in 2000. It hasn’t been around for too long, but it’s quickly gaining popularity. So popular, that the US military often uses these workouts for training. Pretty smart I think. As a result, Crossfit has developed “hero workouts”. These are workouts named after fallen heroes, and I will say that they are defnitely butt kickers.
CrossFit has affiliates not only in the US but worldwide.
How did I get started in CrossFit?
I was first introduced to CrossFit by my roommate’s brother in my final year of college. He had just opened one in my college town, and wanted to start recruiting to his gym. I had just finished my four years as a gymnast at the University of Georgia, so I was still in pretty good shape. I thought I’d give a go. I was used to intense training, and actually started to enjoy it.
After college, I came home and was searching for a corporate job. My friend starting working at a CrossFit, so to make some extra money, I got CrossFit Certification and started training. I really enjoyed it, and continued coaching for about a year. Eventually when I got a 9-5 job, I had to cut down. They are some serious workouts, and it made for a pretty long day. Plus LADIES BEWARE: you will put on some serious muscle. Believe me, I did it for about a year and it jacked me up a little bit too much for my taste. Once you start becoming stronger than some of the men at your gym, I needed to reevaluate. I was just there to get a butt kicking, not become an olympic body lifter.
For now, I do it about 2 days a week at a gym my friend opened up awhile ago. It’s great for staying in shape, and switching up a workout other than doing the elliptical for 30 minutes.
What sort of moves do you do in CrossFit?
Anything is fair game!
- air squat
- jump rope
- handstand push up
- pull ups
- rope climb
- sit ups
- toes to bar
- kettlebell swings
- sumo deadlift high pull
- tire flip
- wall ball
The CrossFit Games
So you want to get serious about CrossFit? Like I said before, CrossFit is like a sport, and all your blood, sweat, and tears (literally) can propel you toward the ultimate CrossFit goal: the CrossFit Games. This is a 3 day competition held every year that is a compilation of the strongest, fastest, best athletes IN THE WORLD. It is grueling, demanding, and will either make you or break you.
The CrossFit Games are hosted by Reebok and are split into different categories (men, women, teams, age categories). And not anybody can go. Starting around march of every year, CrossFit holds what is called the CrossFit Open. Each week, for about 6 weeks, Crossfit will post a workout on the official site. Anybody can perform the workout, but you must video it and send it to CrossFit Headquarters. From there, you will get a score for each week, and at the end of the open, you will be ranked according to your region. The top 10 in each region will qualify for Regionals. The top 3 athletes at Regionals will qualify for the Games. It is very tough to make it to this point, and trust me, you want to be prepared for it.
So should you try CrossFit? Only if you want to become the fittest person on Earth. The question is: are you up to the challenge?