Do you need to get into shape? Have you heard about the revolutionary training system called CrossFit? CrossFit has helped millions of people all around the globe get fit and acquire the body they have always wanted. So, if you are looking to get into the best physical condition you have ever experienced, then it’s time to get into CrossFit!
What is CrossFit
CrossFit was developed by Greg Glassman at the turn of the millennium. This was fitting because CrossFit was the founding of a hybrid training system that broke the rules on what traditional practitioners of sports and strength training understood about the subject.
CrossFit involves taking the best movements and exercises from strength and physique sports and melding them into a system that anyone can use. CrossFit workouts contain basic bodyweight movements such as pull-ups and push-ups, as well as, free weight movements such as squats and deadlifts.
CrossFit works on the principle of High-Intensity training. HIT has a simple premise, to do the maximum amount of physical activity in the smallest amount of time possible. This increases engagement of the nervous system and increases metabolism, burning more calories and more body-fat than a traditional workout.
Examples of CrossFit Training
A typical example of a WOD (Workout of the Day), that you could find on the CrossFit website might include the following;
- Wind sprints
The workout could be performed in one of two different training methods. The first method is EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute), meaning that you would perform one set of the above exercise every minute on the minute until all exercises are completed. This would create one ‘round’. You would then run eight to ten rounds of these exercises, with as little rest as possible between exercises and rounds.
The second option would be an AMRAP workout. With an AMRAP workout, you would do As Many Reps As Possible of each exercise in a given period of time, ay 30 seconds or a minute.
Where to find a CrossFit Gym
If you want to get started with a CrossFit program, the best place to go is to a local CrossFit franchise gym. CrossFit affiliate gyms adhere to the CrossFit code and they have expert instructors that have spent years training the system with good results in themselves and their trainees.
If you want to ramp up your results and your progress in your own body transformation, then speak to your local CrossFit affiliate and sign up for a week to test the waters. CrossFit can become addictive, so don’t be surprised if you want to sign up for a whole year after your first week!
The Benefits of Training at a CrossFit Gym
CrossFit gyms not only have great instructors but they have great facilities and fantastic equipment as well. It’s fine to do bodyweight exercises at home, but you can benefit from some of the specialist equipment used in CrossFit workouts as well.
The prowler sled is a good example. This sled will give you the best cardio workout of your life but you need barbells and an open space to be able to use it to its full potential. Joining a CrossFit gym only costs a small monthly fee and the benefits are worth so much more.
Building a Support Team
If you want to succeed with CrossFit, then you will need to build yourself a support team in different departments. A nutritionist is important because your diet controls your ability to do work in the gym and the state of your physique. Having a nutritionist takes the guesswork out of dieting and gives you a second pair of eyes to ensure that you are on the right path to your physique goals.
A trainer will help you use the right form on exercises and keep you motivated throughout your workouts. Trainers are there to push your limits and help you break plateaus in your training. Having a trainer on hand is important if you want to eventually compete in scaled crossfit competitions.
CrossFit is a great way to get in shape and an addictive lifestyle to those that take it seriously. If you want a training system that brings results and gives you the physique you have dreamed of, then give the next CrossFit WOD a try and log your results!