The great thing about fitness and the body is that there are so many ways to train and develop! One of the latest fitness trends you may have heard of is CrossFit, but you might not know exactly what it is. Well, our friends at Hillmotts know a thing or two about fitness and wellbeing and are here to set the record straight.
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.
So basically CrossFit is a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts. Each day the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specialising in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything. CrossFit workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman and other exercises.
Who is it aimed at?
CrossFit can work for anyone with a positive attitude, a willingness to work and a desire for a healthier life. 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 lesser group sizes as individual attention is important to avoid injury. It’s 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.