CrossFit for Who?

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By Soligah Solomons

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 8 of VARSITY.
 

Whether you are working out for a marathon, to achieve body goals for summer or simply just for personal reasons, CrossFit is an all-rounder and it is not just for the fit, but it is a culture open to anyone.

 


 

Greg Glassman, the architect of CrossFit, founded the rather intense, yet effective, workout program in 2000 which later received profound popularity across the globe. The crux of this program typically includes an hour-long group strength and conditioning activities inside a CrossFit gym which is usually referred to as the “box”.

The high-intensity workout is extremely diverse and is well-designed to get the most bang for your workout buck. The program is aimed at offering a full-body workout which includes elements of cardio, gymnastics, weightlifting and plyometrics, just to name a few.

According to an article by the Huffington Post, CrossFit was designed to meet more generalised goals of achieving overall fitness. Many CrossFit moves incorporate standard weight lifting moves, but the focus is not only on increasing weight, but also on getting more repetitions in a certain amount of time.”

 


 

CrossFitters typically follow a pre-determined workout of the day (“WOD”) which is designed by their box, which essentially focuses on certain grouping of muscles for that day. The program provides a significant workout in a relatively shorter period of time in comparison to traditional exercises.

According to the CrossFit website, it isthe perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience.”

So, if you are still out there looking for the perfect training program, I suggest you rip the traditional rule book on training and start afresh by experimenting with new training stimuli.

 

Image from Twitter @CrossFit
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