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7 Things to Know Before Trying Crossfit
Crossfit is a lot like cilantro or Keeping Up With The Kardashians- you either love it or loathe it. Throwing barbells in the air, doing hundreds of pull ups, loud grunting, and a paleo diet-it's not for everyone. But to the legions of committed Crossfitters hitting the rings right now as I write this, there is no better way to sweat.

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Crossfit is hardcore

Anyone can do it, but not everyone should do it.

The heart-pounding workouts, sense of community, and amazing results are what keep people coming back for more, but you can...

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Crossfit Lingo

Crossfit might as well have its own dictionary. 

  • Box: Crossfit gyms are called "boxes."
  • WOD: Stands for Workout Of the Day. This changes daily and is typically...

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How to find a good coach

A coach can make or break your experience.

Read their reviews, ask friends for referrals and see if you can try a class or two before you join to make sure it's a good fit.

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Injuries are rare

As long as you're in good hands and have a good coach, the risk is minimal. 

A good coach will know how quickly you should be progressing and will pay attention to your form to ma...

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Most Crossfitters are women

According to numbers from The American Council on Exercise, over 60% of the Crossfit population is comprised of women.

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Your classmates will become friends

Crossfit classes are a great way to make new friends, cheer on and be cheered on by your fellow athletes.

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It can be pricey

Crossfit is fairly expensive when you compare it to a regular gym membership.

The value of what you're paying for can be worth it when you look at the type of attention you'r...

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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.

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Crossfit

Crossfit’s workouts can include powerlifting; gymnastics and calisthenic type activities like ring pull-ups and rope climbing; and often cardio in the form of running, cycling, or rowing. You can a...

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.

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HIIT: high-intensity interval training

HIIT: high-intensity interval training

HIIT workouts generally combine short bursts of intense heart-pounding exercise (during which a person’s heart rate reaches at least 80 percent of its maximum capacity, usually for 1 to 5 minute...

The most well-established benefit of HIIT...

...has to do with heart health: Intervals can boost cardio-respiratory health with a smaller time investment compared to continuous forms of exercise

It's not about superior fat-burning capacity or bigger muscles, but about improved VO2 max, a measure of endurance that calculates the maximum volume of oxygen the body can use.

VO2 max is one of the best predictors of overall health.

HIIT and weight loss

People can burn comparable amounts of calories in HIIT routines lasting, compared to longer continuous exercise routines. But  this doesn't mean that calorie burn translates into weight loss

This is the problem with HIIT, just like with any other form of exercise: it’s much easier to lose weight by cutting calories in your diet than trying to burn excess calories.