You may have heard of Crossfit before, or you may have not. Crossfit is how I exercise, and I love it.
What is it?
It is a way of exercising conceived in its form by Greg Glassman in the USA over 10 years ago. The ideas behind it are to work on all aspects of fitness, not just on stamina or strength, but a whole range of different areas. There are ten recognized general physical skills. They are cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Crossfit seeks to work on improving a person in all of these areas, in order to improve people’s fitness in a balanced, holistic manner. It is designed for anyone, from someone who is massively out of shape to elite athletes, all working in the same way. The workouts for both ends of the spectrum are not different in kind in Crossfit, only in intensity and degree.
‘Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. Crossfit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge’ (Definition as taken from www.crossfit.com ).
Crossfit Solent, a Typical Crossfit Box http://www.crossfit-solent.co.uk
Why do I like it?
Because it’s awesome. Not only do I get to do loads of cool stuff all the time (Olympic and power lifting, gymnastics work of various kinds, as well as using kettle bells and dumbbells and putting all of this together with bodyweight exercise, running, rowing and swimming in circuit style interval workouts) but it's a social thing as well. At my box (gym) I’m part of a community.
You don’t see this in your average gym! (I’m the nutter in red)
Most gyms you walk into is full of machines, and everyone is plugged into headphones and doing their best to get in, do their work out and then get out again as fast as possible. A Crossfit workout however is completely different. When I walk into the box, I know everyone that is there, everyone is friendly, and we all work out together weather it's a WOD (workout of the day) class or an open gym session. Every class is led and coached by a Crossfit coach, and emphasis is placed on technique and efficiency. Everyone helps and encourages everyone else, and the effort of the last person to finish is appreciated just as much as the first. It is hard work, but you quickly become addicted to not only the way of working out, but the people, the atmosphere and the community feeling.
It’s something different, constantly varied, and fun. For more info, check out www.crossfit.com.
World-Class Fitness according to Crossfit in 100 Words:
■ Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds,
some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep
intake to levels that will support exercise but
not body fat.
■ Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean,
squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly,
master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups,
dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to
handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.
Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
■ Five or six days per week mix these elements
in as many combinations and patterns
as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy.
Keep workouts short and intense.
■ Regularly learn and play new sports.
(Crossfit journal 2002 issue 1 p1)