If you’ve always dreamed of having Michelle Obama arms, we have a new workout you might want to learn about. Crossfit training is a no-holds-barred approach to sculpting your body into a muscled work of art , but is it for you? We explain what is, who it’s for, and whether you should try it.
What is “crossfit”
Many crossfit fans consider it more of a sport than a type of exercise. It’s a combination of weight lifting, gymnastics, rowing, push-ups, pull-ups, medicine balls, and squatting exercises designed to build your muscles, stamina, flexibility, speed, and agility, to name just a few. Designed to be done as a group, these workouts are designed in the boot-camp style of vigorous exercise. Crossfit challenges you physically and mentally to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
How it works
There are a series of workouts that are rotated when you work out 3 to 5 days a week in a gym called a box, with a group of other crossfitters who help keep you motivated and on course. The workout of the day (or WOD) is repeated in short bursts that last 5 to 15 minutes, with the goal to get as many sets done as possible in the amount of time allotted. Sound easy enough? Try “The Murph”, a WOD that consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 body weight squats, topped off with another 1-mile run.
Who it’s for
Despite the intensity of a workout like The Murph, crossfit training is designed to be modified for anyone who is interested. If a workout that calls for doing squats while lifting 100 pounds is too much for you, you can scale it down to squats while holding the bar with no weights. Your goal then becomes to be able to do the workout without any modifications.
This slow and steady approach makes crossfit training ideal for beginners to certain exercises like weight training, as well as people who like to work out every day . It’s also good for people who like a support community, since crossfit is done in a group setting. People who get their exercise done at home might not be used to others asking what happened if you miss a class.
Should you try it?
Because of the intensity of crossfit training, the chances for injury are very high, especially if you’re not a regularly active person. If your goal is to lose or maintain weight , crossfit might be overkill. However, if your goal is to build muscle on a professional-athlete level, crossfit might be the workout that challenges you, both mentally and physically.
If you’re still not sure about crossfit training, research your area to see if there’s a “box” nearby and ask about introductory offers as many offer a free class. Take yourself out of your comfort zone, and see if this is the “kick in the pants” workout you need to help keep you active !
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