Amrap, rope climbs, box jumping and muscle ups may be familiar terms to some but for many the thought of entering the world of CrossFit can seem like a daunting challenge that only the very fit and active participate in ... but this is not the case.
The great thing about CrossFit is that it is designed for all shapes and sizes and is fully inclusive regardless of experience and ability. The common goal is that those who take part in the training programme are committed individuals who want to improve their overall fitness, endurance and strength.
Crossfit can easily be part of your existing fitness routine and most people who take part enjoy the group sessions with like-minded people in a positive environment where the emphasis is on strength and not weight loss.
So what makes a CrossFit workout different to an ordinary health club or gym?
Well in short it is the varied movements and exercises mixed with equipment, which can include barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells, plyo boxes and resistance bands, that come together to give a high intensity workout designed to strengthen and give a sense of achievement regardless of ability.
No special clothing is required, although hand grips can help, and proper footwear may be worth looking at further down the line of your CrossFit journey but running trainers are fine to start with.
Where did it come from?
Back in the mid nineties in a gym in Santa Cruz the popular fitness regimen that is CrossFit was born. Founder Greg Gassman developed this programme with the intention of improving individuals health and fitness.
Combining elements from HiiT, gymnastics, plyometrics and other exercises and disciplines Crossfit has certainly gained in popularity since its early days in California. Now seen across the world, and appealing to both men and women, CrossFit gyms or 'boxes' typically offer hour long classes that will include a 'workout of the day' (WOD) providing variety and allowing people to to do as little or as much of each exercise as they wish. These are also often scored and tracked to encourage competition and see personal progress - keeping a journal is an ideal way to track this and help give motivation.
"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports."
Greg Glassman, CrossFit CEO and Founder
If this brief introduction is starting to wet your appetite then take a look at the below video for inspiration from some top female Crossfit athletes .....#goals!
When starting out it is important to seek the advise and guidance of a credentialed Crossfit trainer who can teach the movements and provide motivation. Across the world there are over 13,000 licensed Crossfit affiliates so use the below link to help find one near you .... go on give it a try!