If you are in the fitness community or if you are thinking about starting your fitness journey, you have probably heard someone mention “crossfit” in some capacity. While there are many different workout programs, classes, specialty gyms, and more, crossfit seems to keep being a part of the fitness conversation and doesn’t seem to be on its way out any time soon. However, if you don’t know the details about crossfit, it can be intimidating to ask, especially because many people are so amped up about it. Here are the basic components of what crossfit is, who it appeals to, and what you should consider in making your decision to join in!
Crossfit at its Core
Crossfit is a fitness training program that focuses on building strength, conditioning, and general physical capabilities using a wide variety of workouts. One of the unique aspects of crossfit is that workouts are not adjusted based on the individuals abilities, but instead, the intensity of the same workout is adjusted on a sliding scale depending on where a participant is at physically. Meaning, if you are a beginner showing up to a crossfit workout, you will be doing the same workout as the guy next to you who has been showing up for a year. Your amount of reps, weight, and general intensity will simply vary on to what is both challenging and doable for you.
Types of Exercises
Crossfit workouts, by design, are incredibly broad in order to strengthen a person’s body holistically and does not focus on specialized areas. According to the crossfit official webpage, “CrossFit contends that a person is as fit as they are proficient in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.”
Unlike a regular gym, you don’t show up and do your own thing a machine of your choice. Infact, the gym isn’t set up like that at all! You go to a scheduled class and participate in that work out of the day. Workouts vary based on the area of the body that is focused on for the day, but participants can expect to do things like pushups, sit ups, pull ups, squats, kettlebell swings, lunges, deadlifts, burpees, running, jumping, and more. Everyone in the class will be doing the same exercises catered to their present ability.
Benefits of Crossfit
Just like the comradery in college football towns has a nearly cult like feel, crossfit offers a unique community that is very tight-knit. Many beginners are often surprised at how accepted, encouraged, and motivated they are by a gym full of athletes, all at different fitness levels. The crossfit community doesn’t just offer great coaching and accountability for health and wellness, but many find second families within the walls of their crossfit classes.
Another benefit of crossfit is that it greatly appeals to individuals who want to get fit but don’t have a specific skill set in the fitness world. Often times, athletes in a specialized field don’t feel like crossfit is their ideal workout because it isn’t refining their focused practice. Crossfit is designed to take anyone at any fitness level and help them get faster, stronger, more agile, more disciplined, and create a positive, controlled environment to thrive in!