“CrossFit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training.” (Barker, Jill (2006-02-14). "CrossFit Is Fast and Furious". Montreal Gazette)
If you’ve never tried CrossFit, I would highly recommend it. It is a very challenging, yet fulfilling workout. Even if you’ve been training at some capacity all year, in the best shape of your life and looking for more, try CrossFit. I tried it for myself this past weekend and definitely got exactly what I was looking for.
The way the program is set up is more like a class. There is a Workout Of the Day (WOD) and everyone in the class does it. The exercises are modified to your personal abilities and if your instructor for the day is a good one, you’ll be able to get personal help for proper form. The WOD is set up around several different types of exercises and sets, and everyone is doing the same amount. Even if you have lesser weights or there is more or less to your modification, this is where you challenge yourself. Once you finish your final set, you check your time to see how long it took for you to complete it.
I can say that I enjoyed the WOD because it was nonstop and it challenged my whole body. If you have gotten to a point in your workouts where you feel like you need a change, or you’re using the fact that you’re bored with the same workout, so you’ve been neglecting the gym, I urge you to try CrossFit. It gets your heart rate up, it works your muscles, and it pushes you to get better and better without doing the same thing day after day.
The first time I heard about CrossFit was about 6 months ago. The moment I actually checked to see what it was all about, I knew that as someone who likes to shoot for personal bests, I would probably get addicted to it no sooner than when I would start my first session. I recommend all of you gym rats that feel like you’re getting burnt out from the same old workout, find your nearest Crossfit gym and go for it!
Remember, before you start any strenuous exercise program, make sure your body is ready for it, or make sure your physician approves.