Have you ever tried CrossFit?
What is CrossFit, you ask? It’s a type of strength and conditioning workout that uses your bodyweight for resistance to build power all over. Most people do CrossFit to get back into shape. But did you know there are competitions and professional CrossFitters? Did you know that this workout is now active all over the world? To be honest, I didn’t really give it a second thought until recently. And historically, CrossFit has had a bad rap. For awhile there, it was believed that the sport wasn’t safe and led to a higher risk of injury. The CrossFit gyms and coaches in operation today are trained and show their clients the proper form and technique for their exercises. They also have scaled-back versions of these workouts (WODs?) so even beginners can do them safely.
There are many reasons to give this sport a try:
- Better conditioning and versatility. CrossFit athletes train their muscles, joints and ligaments using functional movements, which means they’re useful for more than just looking good in a bathing suit. Well-rounded workouts that use large muscle groups and various ranges of motion lead to better overall health, posture, flexibility, strength and balance.
- Break through plateaus. Since the exercises are constantly changing, there’s no room for boredom. This also keeps your muscles guessing as they are always being used in different ways.
- Lose weight fast. Most people dread cardio, but high intensity interval training keeps things more interesting and the fat burns off quicker.
- Less time working out. Ain’t nobody got time to be wasting at the gym. Most people are so busy these days that they have limited time to workout. CrossFit helps you make the most of your limited time.
- Motivation and support. The community is a large one. There is a huge social media presence, but also most gyms are full of supportive coaches and many other CrossFitters. Since it’s a group-based workout there is a great sense of community and accountability.
Have you tried CrossFit?
Check out CrossFit Defined if you’re in the Chicago area.