What is This Thing Called Crossfit?

What do an army veteran, a hairstylist, a stay-at-home mom, a former college football star, and a teacher all have in common? Good question.

Apparently it is their workout and, to be more specific, it is called “CrossFit”. I am definitely behind the times on this one, but it has been around for awhile and gained a reputation for being particularly difficult and rewarding. In fact, it’s gaining momentum and

Crossfit rope training

is growing more and more competitive each and everyday. It has bridged the gap between skill, age, and personality type and is beneficial and practiced by people from every walk of life. Gone are the days when the gym is full of guys with no neck grunting and keeping to themselves. Now, a more inclusive environment has been created, and everyone who has the will to succeed is a member. Essentially CrossFits sole purpose is to combine different

levels of strength training with highly intense workouts — all while promoting a very fulfilling and healthy lifestyle.

Below I have Included a Video Describing CrossFit in a way that will be less confusing than if I do it.

Many gym instructors, like this coach at Nova Fitness in Rochester New York, assume Crossfit has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years because once a person starts training, he or she strikes a burning impulse to push till the end. “Once you start training, the whole work out becomes a crazy obsession — it literally becomes addictive,” he says. “You simply develop a strong urge to finish what you started — that’s the real magic of Crossfit.” Also a great number of people believe what makes Crossfit quite appealing is because of the way it meets many people’s needs and interests, who try really hard to get or stay in shape – particularly those recovering from injury.

Although in spite of its increasing popularity, not everyone agrees that Crossfit is a healthy exercise option for the masses. Some fitness veterans assume that the Crossfit program can succumb to serious injury because it encourages high-volume and high-intensity workouts. Also according to an article published on ESPN.com, not all Crossfit certified coaches were competent enough to be training athletes from different fields. And that weight lifting technique should be allotted for speed and body volume, and some CrossFit workouts push people beyond their physical limits and end up causing bodily injury.

Thus it’s very important for people to seek trainers and coaches who are highly knowledgeable in different exercises and who are willing and able to set programs that would be useful to other people’s needs. As such, a typical CrossFit class should have some warm-up exercises, weightlifting exercises, some conditioning and tips for the workout of the day. All participants should train between three and six times a week at least. For this particular reason, I go to Nova (as mentioned above) which is my local CrossFit gym (when I am visiting family I go there, when I am home in NYC I go somewhere else). I am talking about this one in particular because the atmosphere is different than my home town gym. There is one-on-one coaching here, and you don’t feel like you don’t belong or are somehow behind the curve. That is a lot to say about a gym these days, as most places can be very intimidated for a first timer walking in.