This is a guest post by Chris Stroud, author of On being a Crossfit Athlete. Chris is a certified Crossfit instructor and has competed in the international Crossfit games.
Why Start Crossfitting?
For those of you who are not familiar with Crossfit, it is basically a bad ass conditioning program that many of the worlds elite athletes, police officers, firefighters, and the guys for 300 used to get into shape. It pulls functional movements from many disciplines such as gymnastics and weightlifting and builds from those movements to make work outs that leave you on the ground gasping for air laying in a pool of sweat. This program is not for the faint of heart or the weak of spirit!
Many Crossfit work outs only take twenty minutes leaving you with time for other things. Also, many of the work outs can be done at home, at the park, or just a regular gym with no or minimal equipment.
The Three E’s
Crossfit can be said to have 3 main Benefits it will Make you:
With short work outs you may be curious to know if it is enough work, well it is! Since most work outs are timed you are forced to do as much as you can in an allotted amount of time, which equates to more power.
Your in a class with 10 other crossfitters. The work out is Angie, which is 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 air squats. You can not move to the next exercise until you have finished all 100. The trainer yells “3-2-1 GO!” and the music starts. Everyone starts moving so they can have the best time on the board. You realize that this is more of a competition than a work out. With any competition that athlete is motivated to change their life style to get better. Does your current work out give you that mindset?
Crossfit utilizes movements that your body is meant to do. For example, you are probably sitting in front of a computer right now, what are you going to do when you stand up? Squat! When your ancestors were running from danger and had to get into a tree to evade danger what did they do? A pull up or muscle up! By utilizing movements that are ingrained in your gene pool you get the most bang for your buck.
If you decide to join a Crossfit gym you will develop a camaraderie with other members. Shared suffering creates strong bonds. The friends I have made through Crossfit is the best part about doing Crossfit.
Though Crossfit is almost exclusively concentrates on athletic performance, a result of this training is a very lean muscled look. For instance, the actors in the movie 300 did Crossfit for 3-6 months before the movie and they were ripped!
In my eyes, these are the most prevalent reasons why a fitness enthusiast would want to use Crossfit as their training program. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact me.