What Exactly Is CrossFit?
Have no clue? You're not the only one...
We have to be honest, when we first heard about CrossFit we were scared AF; it sounds terrifying. And it still does tbh but don’t let that stop you. It’s a great way to get fit, feel amazing about yourself and work on your mind over matter mentality.
But if you have no clue what we’re on about then let us explain...
But first check out our beginner's guide to the gym...
What is CrossFit?
Developed by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000, CrossFit is a series of high intensity exercises using aerobic moves and weight-training. Greg’s explanation of the exercises is: “CrossFit is not a specialised fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimise physical competence in each of 10 recognised fitness domains.” Those domains are: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, co-ordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
Why it works...
The logic behind it is that constantly switching up the movements you’re doing in your workout gives you the best fitness results, since your body is always challenged to get up to speed with the new moves.
What kind of exercises?
It includes aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, burpees, push-ups, pull-ups, kettlebells – basically anything you can think of.
Is it for beginners?
So, this is tricky. On the official CrossFit site they insist that it is for people of "universal scalability” but you may have also heard that CrossFit is for ‘machines’. If you are despo to try it then definitely go for it, but you need to be prepared for the level of intensity that comes with it. It’s tough AF. But the good thing about it is that most CrossFit coaches are super encouraging and will help you scale the exercises to suit your fitness levels.
Who does it?
The site says that “CrossFit is 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.” But celeb-wise Vanessa Hudgens, Channing Tatum and Jessica Biel are hardcore fans.
Where can I do it?
You can’t just do it at any old gym, there are actually specialised CrossFit gyms (known as boxes) across the UK. You can do classes with a bunch of other CrossFit fans or many boxes offer personal training sessions if you want to try it out alone first.
Mistakes to watch out for...
Pushing yourself too hard is the number one mistake people make. Because of the group atmosphere, it's easy not to listen to your body and compete with others, resulting in sickness or injury. Pay attention to how you feel and don't be afraid to back off if you need to.
These are the mistakes you're probably making at the gym....