Crossfit: you’ve heard of it, you may know someone who does it…or maybe you don’t and you just think it’s a bunch of bros flipping tires and instagram-ing their bloody workout battle wounds. (It’s much more than than!)
Whatever your familiarity with Crossfit is, allow all your judgements to fall aside, because fundamentally, Crossfit is a great way to workout.
The CrossFit method of training is “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” It is a core strength & conditioning program and is designed to constantly challenge your body with varied movements. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program designed for a specific person- it’s focus is to make athletes better in all of the following categories:
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
So basically, it covers it all…and is designed to make you better at every day life things. Lift your own suitcase, carry bags of groceries blocks to your apartment, open that jar..all those little things…but it’s amazing when you can do it all with no help. The WODs (workout of the day) are designed to constantly challenge you and no two workouts will ever be the same..EXCEPT their “benchmark” workouts which come up in the regimens every now and then to test your progress (when you do a workout and record your stats, then do it again a few months later, it’s a great way to see EXACTLY how well you are progressing). Everyone knows the benchmark WODs..some look forward to them, some completely loathe them! OH! And they are all named after women- GO Crossfit! My personal favorites are: Cindy, Fran and Karen (total death workout!!)
There is always room for improvement when it comes to Crossfit- you’ll never reach the top…there is always more to learn or something to get better at, so you are less likely to hit a wall and get bored.
I did Crossfit for about a year- I had joined the box Ben went to in NYC (“box” is their term for “gym”) and really enjoyed it and learned A LOT about proper form and effective ways to workout. I stopped doing it regularly because I was training for a marathon and the workouts would make me so sore that it made my long runs more challenging! But I do a lot of Crossfit-style MetCon (metabolic conditioning) workouts.. and you may be surprised to learn that a lot of group classes you have taken are basically filled with Crossfit movements, sans barbell. Box jumps, wallballs, proper burpees, rowing, thrusters…all Crossfit movements and all totally killer- I see these in SO many workout classes now….and it’s simple…IT’S BECAUSE THEY WORK!!
So many women are afraid to try Crossfit because they “aren’t strong enough”…or they don’t want to get bulky (you know how I feel about that topic!)…but I stress again:
The only way to change the shape of your body is to use weights and to constantly challenge it
Most Boxes nowadays offer non-barbell classes that you can drop in to. In these classes you’ll be doing WODs that don’t involve super heavy weights on the barbell- instead you’ll use kettlebells and dumbells, so it’s a little less threatening. These classes will still totally kick your ASS! I take the Metcon classes at Brick Los Angeles a few times a week and always leave covered in sweat and sore in all the good places. And all of the movements use your core, so it’s a fast track to getting the abs of your dreams!
One of the best things about Crossfit is the community- everyone embraces the group mentality, and there is so much building each other up, especially among women. I love meeting other cool chicks who want to workout hard, and I always do at classes like this! So if nothing else, Crossfit will allow your social butterfly fly free!
I love taking classes with my husband and I gotta say, I see SOO many couples doing Crossfit together- working out together is ANOTHER fun way to get sweaty together 😉 OR if you are single, ladies…there will be plenty of fit, shirtless men..so theres that!
You can find a box near you here – bring a friend or a lover and try something new. If it’s not for you, at least you tried something challenging and new!
*As with any workout- there is a risk of injury, which is why it is important to master proper form on all movements– which a good Crossfit Box and coach will make sure of…but always consult your doctor before starting a new regimen that you may be skeptical of. And if something hurts, stop and let someone know.