CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that combines elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and aerobic exercise. It was developed in 2000 by Greg Glassman and has since become one of the most popular fitness trends in the world. CrossFit workouts are designed to be short, intense, and varied, with the aim of improving overall physical fitness. The program focuses on functional movements that can be applied to everyday life, such as squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and cardio-vascular exercises.
Benefits of CrossFit
CrossFit is an effective way to improve overall physical fitness. It can help build strength and muscle mass while also improving cardiovascular endurance. Additionally, CrossFit can help improve coordination and balance as well as reduce stress levels. It also encourages camaraderie among participants since workouts are often done in groups or with a partner. Finally, CrossFit is a great way to stay motivated since it's constantly changing and challenging. No matter if you are in your 20s or your 70s and 80s, CrossFit supplies benefits to increasing quality of life and longevity.
How to Get Started with CrossFit
If you're interested in trying out CrossFit for yourself, there are several ways you can get started. The first step is to find a local gym or box (CrossFit term for gym) that offers classes or individual coaching sessions. You'll also want to make sure you have the right equipment such as quality stable shoes and appropriate clothing for your workouts. Once you've found a place to train, it's important to start slowly and build up your intensity over time so that you don't get injured or burn out too quickly. This is where the coach in class comes in, guiding you along that journey in a safe, fun, and effective manner. We place a very high priority on movement, and follow the formula of mechanics, consistency, and then intensity for all members regardless of their stage of the journey.
CrossFit Safety Tips
CrossFit is an intense workout program that should be approached with caution if you're new to it or if you have any existing medical conditions or injuries. Before beginning any workout routine it's important to talk with your coach so they can advise on what path you will go on to start and build your way up based on your health and fitness history. Additionally, it's important to listen to your body during each workout session and take breaks when needed so that you don't overdo it or push yourself too hard too quickly. Finally, make sure you warm up properly before each session so that your muscles are ready for the intensity of the workout ahead!But don’t worry that is built into class to make sure you get the full spectrum of what you need from warm up to work out to cool down!
For additional information on CrossFit and what it is, refer to the link below from the CrossFit Journal Article, "What is CrossFit?"