If you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, and generally become fitter than you’ve ever been in your entire life – then perhaps Crossfit is perfect for you. In this guide, we’re going to take a closer look at what Crossfit really is, and why it’s become one of the biggest fitness crazes over recent years. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’re going to have a much better understanding of what Crossfit is all about – so let’s get started.
To begin with, Crossfit is an exercise system that aims to take the best exercises and concepts from a variety of training disciplines, and put them into one easy-to-understand program. Of course, this means you’ll see elements from bodybuilding, strength training, olympic weightlifting, cardio training, and more. By ‘borrowing’ from a wide range of disciplines, you’d be right in assuming that Crossfit offers you a myriad options when it comes to building your own custom training routine.
What’s more, it’s possible to tweak your program to support whatever your fitness goal may be. For example, if you want to focus on weight loss, then perhaps your program will primarily consist of cardio and HIIT workouts. But if you want to build muscle, perhaps you’ll focus more on the bodybuilding aspects of Crossfit.
If you’re a beginner when it comes to following a regular training program, then you’re in safe hands when it comes to Crossfit. With thousands of skilled coaches across the world, it’s safe to say that most major cities have at least a few Crossfit trainers, each of them trained to a high standard – which means you can expect a reliable level of instruction at all times.
However, there are a few key principles that most Crossfit training programs often subscribe to. For instance, there’s always a great focus on keeping your workouts varied. In most cases, you’ll rarely perform the exact same workout twice in a row, and you’ll always be adapting your workout – so your body never has chance to get ‘used’ to the training. Of course, this also goes a long way to relieving boredom, too.
Next, there’s always a focus placed on working out with great intensity. Whether this means always striving to lift more weight than you achieved last time round, completing more reps on an exercise machine, or simply running a 5 minute mile faster – there will always be value assigned improving your performance. This really helps to keep you motivated, and often creates a competitive, yet friendly camaraderie between people.
Finally, many of the exercises you’ll be asked to perform have a real, functional basis in real life. Not only is this safer and less likely to result in painful injuries, but it also comes in handy when you least expect it. For example, if you’re planning to move furniture any time soon – then you’ll really notice the increased strength you’ve developed thanks to your Crossfit class.
Overall, it’s safe to say that Crossfit is one of the best training programs you could ever follow, and it’s easy to see why it’s grown such a well-deserved increase in popularity over recent years. I know that I’m a fan of it!