Ah. The dreaded word everyone just LOVES to hear. “You need to exercise at least 30 minutes per day to keep your heart healthy…you need to lift weights to build lean muscle mass…” blah, blah blah. As much as we all don’t want to hear it, exercise really is one of the essentials in leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.
So what is CrossFit, really? I’m sure the majority of you know the answer, as if you’ve made it to my blog then you are either an avid CrossFitter or just getting into it and are browsing the web to see what people have to say about it. So, in a nutshell…CrossFit is not only a type of workout that tests your strength, flexibility, and endurance to the max, but it is a community where people get together to do something they love. CrossFit workouts are done in “classes,” usually every hour, and every day the workout, AKA WOD (Workout Of the Day) changes. Some days the WOD targets a certain muscle group, where other days it may be just to test your endurance and body weight without the assistance of weights, working as quick as you can, for time usually (unless it’s an AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) where a certain time amount is alloted). The Box (AKA the CrossFit location) is where the same people get together every day to push not only themselves, but each other. Every so often, your coach may throw a benchmark WOD to the mix to mark your progress. It is important to log your daily workouts to see how far you have come…marking your new PR’s (Previous Record) and beating previous times. You will have days of success, and you will have days of frustration, but at the end of the day, you know you have given it your 120% and you look forward to the beating you will receive in tomorrow’s WOD.
Welcome to the Crossfit and Paleo cults.