Have you ever wondered what CrossFit is exactly? Well, I'm here to explain to you what it is and how I feel it would be perfect for you. By definition, CrossFit is constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements.
To explain more in detail:
CONSTANTLY VARIED - Never doing the same workout twice unless you repeat a workout to test your progress. Basically, not allowing your body to adapt to the same constant movements.
HIGH INTENSITY - How much weight a person move over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time. Another way to look at it is power and intensity. The hope of the CrossFit community is for one day to have a person who can run a sub 5 minute mile as well as deadlift over 500 pounds.
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS - Movements that we as humans were built for. Movements that are natural and safe. Moving furniture, for example, is the same as a weightlifter performing a deadlift move. Both movements require the weight to be transfers from the floor in a similar manner.
CrossFit can be performed by anybody, at any age, and at any fitness level. This is the primary reason why I believe it is for you. The CrossFit community is so welcoming and encouraging. When you feel you can't complete that last repetition in your workout, the other patrons are there to cheer you on. People from the ages 10 to 75 are currently participating in CrossFit because it is scalable for all levels of fitness.
Each day you enter your "Box" (another name for gymnasium) the workout of the day (WOD) will be posted on the white board. There is no thinking involved and all you need to do is workout. The workouts are preprogram and the coaches will explain/clarify them as well as review the functional movements used during the workout to ensure they are preformed correctly to help avoid injury.
A commonly asked question is will I get hurt. I believe you can get injured in any sport not just CrossFit. So, yes, there is a possibility. However, you are at risk of getting hurt every time you step out of bed. Always practice good form, listen to your body and rest when you need to. Another great focus to keep you body health is to do mobility and really stretch so that you can prevent injury.
So, why not give it a try? Look up your local box and go see what it is all about. The best part about CrossFit is that it can be done anywhere with minimal specialized equipment. If you have to travel for vacations or business, you do not have to stop working out. Simply drop in at any local box in the town you are visiting and believe me, you will be welcome as one of their own.
CrossFit is truly an amazing worldwide community. Get started today!