CrossFit. WODs. Thrusters. Nasty girls. PRs. Fran. Burpees. Angie. Grace. Helen. Hero WODs. The Box.
CrossFit can be intimidating. I get it. Before a friend finally dragged me to my first class I had successfully turned down invitations to try it for an entire year. I watched people try CrossFit and fall in love, but with the heavy weights, muscly members and blisters on their hands, I avoided it.
My first WOD was scary. I looked at the board and wasn’t sure if I could do it. The timer and loud coach didn’t help either. Despite my initial fear I did complete the workout- and I was sore the next week to make sure I remembered it. I returned several times the following week and have continued for the past eight months.
Richard is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer so I asked him to help me tell you more about what CrossFit is, how to get started and how to do the workouts on your own.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit uses high intensity, short-interval, constantly varied and functional movements. Workouts are designed to be short and intense.
Who is it for?
Everyone can benefit from CrossFit. The workouts are universally scalable to adapt to a person’s current strength level, injuries and goals. CrossFit believes a person’s needs vary only by intensity, not kind.
Can I do CrossFit with my other workouts?
Please do! CrossFit adds balance and strength to running, swimming, yoga and other workout tracks. The workouts are functional and are designed to prepare you for other sports and daily life.
What is a WOD?
WOD stands for Workout of the Day. CrossFit posts their WODs here- boxes (individual CrossFit gyms) may or may not follow them day by day.
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Coming soon: how to get started with CrossFit, foundation exercises and what to do if you don’t have a box near you. Leave any specific questions in the comments!
Have you tried CrossFit? If not, do you incorporate weight lifting and strength exercises into your workouts?