Crossfit is hardcore

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't truly know if it's right for you until you give it a go and see for yourself.

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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 posted on a white board before class or on the Box's website.
  • AMRAP: As many rounds as possible in an allotted time that is given by the coach.
  • Various names of people you don't know: There are several benchmark WODs in Crossfit that are named after women (Helen, Fran, and Mary, for example).

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.

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 make sure you're moving properly.

Most Crossfitters are women

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

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

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're getting from your coaches.

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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, the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything.

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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 also expect stretches, push-ups, and a lot of other stuff.

A class will be centered around a WOD, or workout of the day. You will do a small subset of the above, and the goal could be improving your deadlift, or maybe a metabolic conditioning workout.

A running plan

You can benefit from just 30 minutes of running, 3 times a week.

Start by running 20 minutes at a time, and increase the amount and frequency only when you feel comfortable with your current level of training. Don't be afraid to take walking breaks when needed.

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