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9 Reasons You Should Try CrossFit

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9 Reasons You Should Try CrossFit
Sick of the same old routine? That won't happen in a CrossFit gym. Constant variable is one of the foundations of the fitness regimen, so within a week's time, you will likely lift, complete some gymnastics movements, push your endurance with some sprints, and even do some seemingly strange things like tire flips, sled pushes or a warm-up routine that resembles a childhood game.

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Boredom does not exist

Constant variable is one of the foundations of the fitness regimen, so within a week's time, you will likely

  • lift
  • complete some gymnastics movements
  • push your endurance with some sprints
  • do some seemingly strange things like tire flips, sled pushes or a warm-up routine that resembles a childhood game. 

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There's always room for growth

It's simply impossible to master the sport of fitness. 

You can always progress to lifting a little heavier, moving a bit faster, or learning a new skill.

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CrossFit: an intense means of meditation

With a clock counting down, standards to adhere to, and reps to remember, your brain will put a massive barrier, making it hard to think about anything outside of the present.

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Everyone can try CrossFit

Every physical ability, age, gender and demographic has the chance to try something that could be life changing. If your physical health is a priority, give it a try.

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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.

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.

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.

CrossFit definition

It's a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness through varied and challenging workouts.

Each day, t...

Scalable based on your skill

Every day there is a particular workout prescribed that is completely scalable based on your skill. For example, if the workout calls for barbell squats with 135 pounds but you can only do squats with the bar (45 pounds), then that’s where you’ll start.

CrossFit is perfect for...

  • Beginners to weight training: If you have never weight trained before, CrossFit is a great place for you to start, provided you have a great coach.
  • People looking for support and community: Every CrossFit gym has a really tight-knit community feel to it.
  • Fitness fanatics: The general protocol is 3 days on, 1 day off, but many CrossFitters end up at the gym more frequently. 
  • Masochists: You’ll often be in situations where you use all your effort to finish a workout and continue to push yourself beyond.
  • Former athletes: You get to compete with people in your class and go online to see how you did against the world’s elite CrossFit athletes.

The real benefits

Working out at home is a tricky concept and can be harder to execute when the couch is right there in your view.

You can gain a lot from giving physical activity a real place of privilege in...

Home exercises can help

It's tough to build a lot of strength or otherwise make progress without the incremental weights you find at a gym, but a few inexpensive home tools and specific movements can go a long way.

It is important to ensure that you prioritize compound movements that work muscle systems, not individual muscles. You'll get a lot more done in less time if you focus on bigger movements - squat, bench, deadlift, row, overhead press.

Lower and upper body movements

Goblet squats and squat jumps are great for your lower body when you only have dumbbells. You could also try lunge variations, split squats, step-ups, and deadlift variations.

For your upper body, you could do some chest presses, pushups, row variations, curls, tricep extensions or pullups (if you have a pullup bar installed in a doorway.)