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9 Reasons You Should Try CrossFit

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9 Reasons You Should Try CrossFit
As one of the most progressive and popular fitness regimens in decades, CrossFit has its fair share of critics. Ironically, many of these critics have never actually tried it. Regardless of your fitness background, entering a CrossFit gym-or "box"-offers distraction from the outside world and something new that can make positive changes in your life.

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It's a challenge

Many of us stray away from stepping out of our comfort zone, leaving our lives and bodies in a stagnant state.

CrossFit can provide a challenge both mentally and physically.

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You will see results

If you commit to regular attendance to CrossFit, your strength will improve. Your endurance will improve. Your overall health will improve, as will your bodily aesthetics.

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It creates empowerment

When you complete workouts you didn't deem possible, you'll discover a new meaning to the word intensity in all facets of life.

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It's a culture and community

Individuals experiencing real challenges and providing endless support for one another quickly become a family, not just a class.

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Workout with a purpose

By not specializing in any one area and working on all of them instead, CrossFit provides one of the best overall fitness experiences for creating a better quality of life.

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There's always room for growth

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Heavy kettlebells

Two heavy kettlebells are the next best thing to a bar and plates. A weight of between 20 and 24 kilograms (45 to 52 pounds) is recommended.

By using the kettlebells individually or together, you can focus on almost every muscle group by squatting, swinging, pressing, pulling, or pushing them.**

Resistance bands and a stick

Two kettlebells might not be enough resistance for movements like squats and deadlifts. Some resistance or pull-up bands can increase resistance when you do "sumo-style" squats and deadlifts by looping one band around your wide-spread feet and through the handles of the kettlebells.

Add a wooden broom handle, and you have a wide range of new exercises. With a stick and a band, you can do many pulling exercises.

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A training session

You can get a training session before starting classes. This will depend on your gym (your box) but some offer a free session to teach the techniques.

Boxes also let you sign up for a series of beginner-specific classes before you jump in with everybody else.

The barbells

Bars come in a variety of weights, from 15 to 45 pounds, and those giant plates are available in sizes going down to 10 pounds. 

That means the barbell has about the same shape and size no matter how heavy it is.