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Get fit with CrossFit

One of the trendiest exercises all across the world. By Jamie

Great for Those who want to try a fun exercise routine in a social environment and tone their bodies.

Not great for Those who want to bulk up in muscle mass.

Would it be correct to say that you “do” CrossFit? An international phenomena that’s swept over 10,000 gyms and a series of competitions all over the world in the 15 years since its birth, many would argue that CrossFit is more of a philosophy than it is a workout routine. CrossFit relies on High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and borrows from many different forms such as weightlifting, gymnastics, judo and powerlifting. The program can be grouped into either the CrossFit category or the Boot Camp category. Those who take part in CrossFit do a WOD (Workout of the Day), which challenges you to write your daily goals on a chalkboard and complete them, while training your entire body. Those who take part in Boot Camp focus more on weight loss and burning off fat. Some say that the joy of CrossFit comes from setting a standard for yourself and seeing that you’ve realized it.

The crossfit process

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CrossFit is as much of a fight with your own self as it is a communal workout. So don’t be startled when a stranger comes up to greet you and shake your hand.

2

Unlike your typical weight training, they try to have you work out muscles that you don’t normally use. Make sure you stretch out all of those muscles according to the trainer’s instructions.

3

Listen to the instructions of the WOD and practice your stances and positions until you get them right. There’s always a high risk of injury, especially for weightlifting, so don’t get ahead of yourself and go for heavier weights from the get-go.

4

Out of all the scale options, choose the one according to your weight class, and enjoy your WOD along to the stimulating music. WODs are different every day, so check online before you get there.

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If you’ve completed your WOD before the others, make sure to encourage and cheer for those who are still doing their WOD.

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After wrapping up your session, make sure to put all the equipment back where you found it. Since CrossFit workouts are high in intensity, it’s important to eat well and get some rest afterwards.

From personal experience ...

“Help!” I thought I wouldn’t have to say that because I’ve kept (or at least I thought I did) good care of my physique by working out regularly. Boy, was I wrong. At Boot camp, I couldn’t stop laughing and talking nonsense after my WOD! I had to do a Shuttle Run, where you run in a zigzag between cones and then a Wall Ball Shot, where I had to bend my knees and bounce a medicine ball off the wall and catch it again. It continued on with the Battling Ropes, and by this time my sanity was going up and down as I shook the heavy ropes up and down. It finally ended with a hellish burn from the Burpees. That was my WOD. Even though I was completely out of breath and I even felt a bit nauseous, I was surprised to find myself more amused than thinking about how hard the workout was. It was also quite the sight to see complete strangers giving each other highfives, clapping and cheering for one another. CrossFit is not something you come prepared for, but is something you simply need to dive into. Start off your New Year right by stepping into the world of CrossFit.

We heard that women get bulky and masculine when they do crossfit. is that true?

That’s one of the most commonly asked questions, but it’s not true at all. If you really want to bulk up like that, you need to go into a training center, workout and eat like a professional athlete. For the sake of those who are still skeptical, I decided to take profile pictures of members who have been working with us every day for the past three months. You’ll get to see the results later this month, so make sure to check it out! —coach coco

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