Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Heard of Crossfit? Find Out What Everyone is Talking About :

Heard of Crossfit? Find Out What Everyone is Talking About
With all the different choices of exercise these days, many people are confused about what works best and what will work for them. The purpose of this article is to clear up some of this confusion about fitness, and explain what I feel is the best and most effective method today.

Having received a degree in Human Performance and Wellness and being involved in sports and fitness my whole life, I've seen and done every type of program, exercise machine, and group class imaginable. I've done some scary things and have learned the hard way from my mistakes and encounters.

When I played football in college, strength training and speed training were a major part of the program.  Every day we worked out in the weight room doing your typical free weight exercises such as bench press, military press, squats, dead lifts, and power cleans.  In the off season we would add interval training as well for cardio and speed.  Plyometrics and speed training were a major part of the training.

I remember wondering if it wouldn't be more effective and efficient to combine interval training with the weight training.

I thought about it from time to time but the same question always came up.  How do you find enough time to do the strength training and the speed cardio training in addition to practice? There just isn't enough time in the day.

It wasn't until many years later that I was introduced to CrossFit by a workout buddy.  It turned out to be the exact solution that we needed back in my college football days. CrossFit, a multi faceted fitness program, can be performed by anybody. All the movements are universally scalable and can be performed at various intensities to achieve incredible fitness levels.  Crossfit combines intense cardio circuit training with functional strength training for a workout like no other.  After learning about this unique training, I became addicted.

CrossFit is an exercise concept developed in the late 70's by Greg Glassman, a former gymnast. Greg took his knowledge of gymnastics and what he observed from strength training to devise a unique program that everyone could benefit from. It wasn't until much later that Crossfit gained national recognition and became a popular program implemented by thousands of people.

The CrossFit concept is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect program for people of all ages, body types, and skill levels. By scaling the intensity of the workouts, elite fitness can be achieved by everyone from military special operations units, to pro athletes, to women, grandparents, and kids.  The great thing about Crossfit is that you push yourself to your level of fitness.  At Crossfit the official Crossfit website, they post a "WOD" or work out of the day which are different almost every time. There are literally thousands of unique workouts and exercises, so it never gets boring.  The workouts are intense but they usually never last more than an hour.

CrossFit is designed to improve ten areas of fitness including power, speed, cardio respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, coordination, balance, and accuracy. This program can be done at home, in the gym, at a warehouse or at your local park. There are literally thousands of CrossFit affiliate trainers around the world performing training sessions out of warehouse gyms, parks, and garage spaces with very little equipment.

Trainers are required to become Crossfit certified and have to renew their certification yearly to stay up with the most current techniques and exercises.  The majority of the exercises incorporate your own body weight such as pushups, pull-ups, air squats, lunges, jump rope, sit ups etc..

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