CrossFit is a brand or style of strength and endurance training that combines almost every aspect of sports training available. From gymnastics and weight training to sprinting and pushing the body to max, this style of training improves your endurance, stamina, over-all strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, balance, coordination, and mental toughness. Phew.
I recently took a CrossFit class and was sore for a week. I normally do traditional cardiovascular training (jog 30 to 60 minutes) and standard weight training (45 of strength training) and consider myself a workout veteran, but CrossFit challenged me to almost failure (which is good because the gym is the only place where failure is encouraged). The class I took consisted of a jump rope warm up, jumping from balance beam to balance beam, squats, shoulder presses, and pull-ups. It was an amazing workout! Every workout is different, though, and you are encouraged to compete against yourself to finish the workout as fast as you can.
Although CrossFit has tons of benefits and is anything but boring, it does have a few disadvantages. Injury rate in CrossFit is very high due to the extreme combination of crazy exercises and pushing your body to max. This style of training is not for everyone, and I strongly recommend researching it before you dive right into a class. If you do decide to participate, listen to your body and don’t overdo it. Below are the benefits of CrossFit, and you can learn more about CrossFit at www.crossfit.com.
Benefits Of CrossFit:
- Improve overall fitness level
- Improve self-esteem
- Improve over-all balance and coordination
- Burns fat and shreds inches
- Helps improve teamwork skills
- Great way to change up exercise routine
- Challenge your personal courage
- Gets the most out of every single workout
- Learn to push your body beyond what you thought was possible
Have you tried CrossFit? What do you think?
September 29th, 2010