Chances are you have heard of Crossfit somewhere. Either your friend mentioned some class he was taking, or you’ve seen a big warehouse or gym that has Crossfit written in the window. Somewhere, somehow you’ve heard of it, and now you want to know how.
So Here’s the Basics
Crossfit is a high-intensity, high-reward fitness trend that starting gaining headway around the turn of the century. Officially, the website introduces Crossfit as:
“… the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.”
To many, that can be pretty intimidating. Yes, it’s true that Crossfit forms the core of many official operations unit’s training regimes, but what you should take away from that is Crossfit is very good at what it does!
All Together Now!
Positive reinforcement is very important in Crossfit, and hearing your teammates cheer you on is just the thing many people find that will push them past the limits they thought they had.
A Crossfit class typically takes place in a warehouse, but basically any place that can accommodate a group of people performing strenuous activities will do.
The group typically never performs the same routine twice, and either follows a planned day set up by the coach, or the WOD (Workout Of the Day) that is posted on the Crossfit official website.
Not for the Faint of Heart
Given the nature of some of the exercises, Crossfit does include its fair share of dangers. In fact, many Crossfit coaches offer a 2 month “onramp” class just to teach beginners the 9 Essential Movements of Crossfit.
But more than the chance for injury, some may find the intensity of a Crossfit class to be too much for them. Be aware, Crossfit is very difficult, not because of any standards of work imposed, but because of the AMRAP mentality of many of the classes.
AMRAP, or As Many Reps As Possible, is the core idea behind Crossfit, encouraging participants to willingly step outside of their comforts levels and push themselves. The motto of Crossfit is to train for everything, so you can be ready for anything.