The Beginner’s Guide to Crossfit
Crossfit devotees know how powerful this technique can be for transforming the body. Although, on the other hand, many critics out there claim that Crossfit is the quickest way to get injured. With all the claims for and against it, Crossfit has become a prominent fitness movement. But if you’re a newbie considering to enter the world of Crossfit, it can be hard to figure out what you should know before embarking on that road. Due to so much conflicting information, it can be tough to separate the real truth and the bluster.
Let’s define Crossfit
Crossfit it a high-intensity fitness program that borrows movements from different sports, including weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, and rowing. It aims to help you move better and boost your fitness by maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest amount of time. Performing these functional movements at high intensity, you can increase your strength, flexibility, and agility.
Breaking down a typical Crossfit class
Each Crossfit class usually consists of three parts – the warmup, strength or skill component, and the WOD (Workout of the Day). The warmup part is tailored to the strength or skill component to prepare for what’s coming next.
Strength workouts are designed to make you stronger, while skilled workouts are performed to improve your ability to perform specific exercises (e.g., jump rope double-under).
Workout of the day (WOD) is the final part of a Crossfit class, and it requires you to perform a set of exercises in a given rep scheme or amount of time. Typically, they include complete body workouts that last 8-16 minutes.
What you should know before starting with Crossfit
First of all, you will see others performing difficult feats and be tempted to try to do the same. Don’t make this mistake and leave your competitiveness at the door. It is the wrong way to approach Crossfit and a sure path towards getting injured. Also, manage your expectations of what you will get out of Crossfit, but also what you will not. You are most likely to improve your fitness level, and to do that you’ll need to be good at many different exercises.
Is it hazardous?
Crossfit does come with risk, like with any other form of exercise. For example, results of a research performed at the Kennesaw State University were published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, concluding that Crossfit is safe compared to other training methods. However, people who train less than three days per week or are new to Crossfit are more likely to get injured, probably because of being unfamiliar with the movements. Therefore, the most important thing is to find a Crossfit gym where you can get proper coaching.
Crossfit gyms or “boxes” already have all the heavy-duty equipment you need. The only thing you should invest in is a quality jump rope. They are not meant to be shared by many people and are not durable. Also, wearing flat cross-training shoes is highly recommended because they are suited for the variety of movements you’ll be performing.
The only way to know whether you’ll enjoy Crossfit or not is to give it a shot. It is just another workout, so go in there with an open mind. Get yourself some motivating athletic apparel to remind yourself that you need to work hard to reach your fitness goals. We at Inspyr Gear are devoted to inspiring our customers with great inspirational socks!