In the last few years, CrossFit has made itself included in the fitness regimes of top-notch gyms across the World starting from a garage programme. CrossFit still pose to be ambiguous fitness programme for many due to its unconventional forms of workouts as well as equipment associated. According to a research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, it reveals that after ten weeks of CrossFit, men with all levels of aerobic fitness and body types succeed to increase their VO2 Max and cut their body fat percentage. Despite such impressive results, there are some fitness experts find CrossFit makes you vulnerable to physical injury. In that case, people forget to distinguish in between CrossFit fitness regimes and CrossFit competitive sports, which is also known as CrossFit Games. Addressing the same query, in this article we have tried present an in and out of the CrossFit:
What is the literal meaning of CrossFit?
CrossFit is a fitness training and a competitive sport that incorporates mobility exercises, high-intensity workout, strength training and a balanced diet plan.
Introduced by a personal trainer, Greg Glassman in the midto-late 1990s, CrossFit follow a CrossFit Community where members of the same class typically challenge one another over different fitness workout challenges. This way, they can also meet up their personal fitness goals holistically challenging one another.
Equipment required for a typical CrossFit Workout:
- Gymnastic rings
- Resistance bands
- Rowing machines
- Squat machines
- Jump ropes
- Medicine balls
- Abdominal mats
- Pull up bars
In addition, CrossFit training may incorporate some tacky fitness equipment:
- Ropes, for climbing
- Boxes, for performing jumps
- Tractor tires, for flipping
Major CrossFit Exercises
- Bench press
- Squats, with and without a barbell
- Farmer’s carry, in which you need to carry something heavy in your both hands and walk as far as you can
- Plyometric Box jumps, in which you need to jump onto a box and immediately get back to down • Back extension
- Toes-to-bar, where you hang from an overhead bar (or pull up bar) and bring your toes up to touch the bar
Improves Physical Strength
Having several high-intensity and multi-joint Movements or (Compound movement) in the CrossFit can increase the strength and stamina of your muscle. Compound Movement or Multi-Joint exercises engage whole body muscles to perform the exercise. If you further add more weight to your workouts can further increase muscle gain adding more strain to your muscles.
CrossFit Workouts Training features lifting weights; Olympic weightlifting and resistance training are the things that can make you stronger. According to Rich Fronting (“The Fittest Man in History”), there are 10 fundamental skills for everything we do in CrossFit which include Cardiovascular/Respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance.
Burn some real calories for a toned up Body
CrossFit is a high-intensity power training (HIPT) which makes our body to use a large amount of Oxygen to accomplish the set of exercises. By increasing the intake of oxygen in the body, it improves the aerobic fitness of the body at the same time burning a huge amount of calories in the process. There are some staple CrossFit workouts viz. burpees, muscle-ups, and handstands are some of the exercises which effectively work great improving your aerobic fitness.
Works Effectively in losing Weight
Weight Lose can’t necessarily be everyone’s prime goal that is coming for CrossFit as the regime itself includes compound movement which is one of the most significant and effective workouts for weight loss. As in part of the benefits, everything mentioned earlier increases lean muscle accumulation in the body as well as boost up metabolism contributing to reducing the body fat and burning more calories.
Unlike Yoga and Pilates which are traditional Mobility-Building practice, CrossFit is considered as one of the best exercises for improving mobility. Moving a muscle or muscle group through a range of motion (ROM) in the joint socket with Strength and Control can be counted as your Physical mobility. CrossFit features several such movements which increase ROM and Strength and thus increases your mobility.
Improve agility, Balance, and Flexibility
CrossFit workouts include several functional exercises or kind of exercise which mimic your every day’s movement. Functional movement like squats, Kettlebells Swings, or overhead Presses can help you to improve agility, balance, and flexibility.
These functional movements not only strengthen your joints and muscles but also reduce the risk of getting injured providing a qualitative lifestyle to you. So, keep devoting your every day’s exercise to CrossFit and see how to fit it can turn you into.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health advice. We would ask you to consult a qualified professional or medical expert to gain additional knowledge before you choose to consume any product or perform any exercise.