CrossFit has seen a huge rise in popularity over recent years.
Some people love it, others hate and others wondered dare go near it!
Me, personally, I don’t mind it. I’m quite fond of training hard and exploring where my limits are.
How about you?
Well, first of all you might not even know what it is. So let me explain…
Crossfit is a training method that comes from the States and is used by police academies, military units, martial artists, professional athletes and people love to train really hard all around the world.
If you’ve done any of my Metcon1 workouts and survived, you should be ok with CrossFit. It’s becoming extremely popular and you will find more and more health clubs offering this type of training program in the very near future. In fact, I know of a few here in the UK, such as Nuffield and David Lloyd, that have started to implement some of the training gear usually found in a CrossFit facility (they call them “Boxes”).
The downside to CrossFit is that it can be double or even triple a regular gym membership. I know, ouch! Luckily, it’s also possible to set up your own home gym and perform your own Crossfit training system (or my Metcon1 workouts!). All you need is a bit of space and some dumbbells or kettlebells.
A CrossFit training program is designed to be a broad program which can be individualised. However, most of the time they individually tailor they’re programs and they get a fair bit of stick from non-CrossFitters because of this. I don’t really see it as a problem, as people follow my workouts online, magazines workouts and DVD’s. The key is to make sure you’re not completely out of your depth and if your new to exercise start off s-l-o-w-l-y.
The great thing about CrossFit is that it includes functional training where you are learning to move your entire body. This is why so many police forces in the states and military units use CrossFit as a way of keeping in shape. You don’t see many bodybuilders in the military, right? There’s a good reason for that!
Each workout focuses on the following 10 areas:
- Improving cardiovascular endurance
- Increasing stamina
- Increasing strength
- Improving flexibility
Notice how I didn’t mention weight loss? That’s because the goal is to improve health and fitness. If you’re overweight to start with, fat loss will come as a consequence of this type of training, but is never the goal.
Of course, you don’t have to join a CrossFit club to see changes in your health and fitness. You can simply take note of how they train (hard) and how they eat (paleo).
To sum things up, I think CrossFit is a great way to get a true total body workout. It can be a whole lot of fun, but it’ll also push you way beyond where you thought were possible, which isn’t so much fun! Or at least at the time it isn’t :)
If you have any experience with CrossFit let me know what you think…