There are a huge variety of ways to build up your fitness and CrossFit has been one of the most popular new exercises to surface in recent years. To those who aren't familiar with CrossFit, here is a little introduction where our friends at Hillmotts uncover what it is, the benefits you can gain from it and what you can expect from it. Over to Hilmotts who specialise in fitness and wellbeing:
So, what is CrossFit?
According to the official website CrossFit brings many areas of fitness together into one regime. Developed over several decades by a fellow called Coach Greg Glassman, it is a way to work out in an optimised fashion, taking into account many measurable factors and movements.
CrossFit is essentially a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts. Each workout targets a different muscle or muscle group and a different part of your functional strength or conditioning and does not specialise on one thing in particular. The goal is to build a body which is capable of as much as possible. CrossFit workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman and other exercises.
Who is it aimed at?
As long as you have a positive attitude and are willing to work harder for a healthier lifestyle, then crossfit is for you! The style of training you receive will ensure that all movements and workouts are tailored for your current level of fitness, but always with the aim of challenging yourself and pushing forward. So even a beginner can do this type of exercise, it just means you follow the easier versions and take more regular breaks. Then as your fitness improves you can opt for the harder versions.
Normally they are based on classes of no more than 10 people, if your local CrossFit has more than this number you might try looking for a center with fewer participants as individual attention is important to avoid injury. It’s also a very social way to exercise, so if you like working out with others then this could well be for you!
What to Expect?
Be prepared for a hard introduction but with some great rewards! It’s likely that your first few sessions will consist of stretching and basic instruction. It won’t be easy as you’ll be working muscles you haven’t used for years, but after a week or two your body will start to adapt and your will lungs become more proficient at using the oxygen it has available. One thing to be aware of is potential weight gain, your body builds muscle when doing this form of training and as muscle weighs more than fat you can expect to see an initial weight gain before you see the weight loss as you then start to lose the fat.
CrossFit isn’t easy, but it’s all about the community! There’s a lot of great support out there, and when you have someone motivating you, it’s amazing what you can do. Look up local meetings, join up and work towards a new you for the New Year.