A new craze has emerged among fitness freaks for the past couple of years who have taken their workout regime to the extreme. One of the workout regimes which has tested the endurance of an athlete unlike ever before is CrossFit. It is a branded training regime which was developed by Greg Glassman and has made athletes take their fitness to the next level. So what makes CrossFit different and why has it been branded as one of the most intense workouts around the globe, also earning it the distinction of being a competitive fitness sport?
One word which perfectly describes CrossFit is the word intensity. CrossFit is mainly a mix of aerobic exercises, body weight exercises and Olympic weightlifting which are performed at extremely high speeds.
A peek through CrossFit’s official website describes the regime as:
“CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time.”
The aim of CrossFit is basically to increase the core strength, stamina, cardio and condition by using extremely testing and challenging workouts. In CrossFit there is one workout programme for everyone, be it a young man in his prime or an elderly person. This differs from a standard gym which where different workout regimes are generally prescribed for different people.
The workouts are scalable in nature depending on the skill of the person doing it. The workouts start up easy depending on a persons skill level and as they become more experienced in the routine, the tasks in hand get much harder in nature till the desired results are achieved.
A regular workout class generally lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour and are divided into four different sections.
- Warm-up: Warm-ups in CrossFit are extremely dynamic in nature and are not usually carried out on treadmills or cross-trainers. They usually include jump jacks, jump ropes squats, push-ups and pull-ups and stretching exercises.
- Skill and strength work: These include training drills like squats and weightlifting like deadlifts, again performed at high-speed which push you to the limit to work on a person’s core strength.
- Workout of the day: These workouts differ from day to day. Again, a person here is told to do particular exercises as quickly as possible and there is a set time limit.
- Cool down exercises: Here the people getting the training are told to do some stretching exercises as a group or individually. By the time these exercises arrive, people are generally exhausted out of their minds.
Here is a better idea on how a CrossFit workout generally looks like for beginners:
With CrossFit, a proven entity in giving results, many big athletes across various spectrums have embraced it with open arms. Some of them include WWE superstar Seth Rollins and USA Women’s soccer player Christie Rampone.