There is no doubt you’ve heard of CrossFit. This type of exercise is sweeping quickly across the world and many that have discovered it swear by what it does for them, both mentally and physically. With so many people jumping on the cross fit wagon, you think you might like to try it too. What, though, is CrossFit exactly? Where in the world did it come from, and why is it so good for you?
What it is:
CrossFit is a full body workout that combines cardio, weight training, gymnastics, and core training to deliver one of the most powerful workouts you’ve ever experienced. This workout is what many professionals train with, including police officers, elite athletes, military special ops and more. Needless to say;
CrossFit delivers, and in a very dominant way.
CrossFit workouts last between 45 minutes and an hour and demand high-intensity focus. Workouts are usually performed 3-5 times per week, with no one workout ever the same in that week. Cross Fitters can either develop their own personal workout or do the WOD (workout of the day) that is offered at their local CrossFit centre. A WOD may include 20 minutes of 4 different types of exercises. This could be squats, 100m run, deadlifts, and burpees. The goal is to do as many reps as possible in the allocated time.
Where it came from:
CrossFit was developed in 2000 by Gregg Glassen in Seattle, Washington. He was the pioneer in defining fitness in a measurable way that optimised fitness to increase workout capacity. CrossFit started with 13 gyms in the state of Washington and has since grown to over 10,000 gyms all across the world.
Why it’s good for you:
CrossFit is for those that want to push their regular workout to the extreme. While not for everyone, CrossFit is great for those who want to add some intensity to their workout. Not only does CrossFit give you an intense workout where you can build muscle and stamina, but is part of a larger community that is super supportive and often becomes like family.
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