CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide*.
I found the form of training very similar to my gymnastics strength and conditioning training and over the past 6 months have developed a love hate relationship with CrossFit.
The workouts of the day (known as WOD’s) are different every single day (love), the training progresses and quickly improves my fitness each day (love) and the people who attend CrossFit sessions soon become your second family (love). However, the workouts can be so tough, so mentally demanding and so hard (hate), yet when I finish each and every workout I simply can’t wait for tomorrows session (LOVE). The love far outweighs the few minutes of hate and quickly becomes very addictive!
CrossFit Boxes (gyms) exist all over the world and there are several on the Northern Beaches. Athletes can attend their local box and train for events such as Games Day’s and even train to compete nationally and if successful earn a place at The World CrossFit Games which is televised on ESPN on Foxtel.
If you are bored of your current workouts or are looking to take your fitness to the next level and to levels you never dreamed then CrossFit is for you! I must stress however that CrossFit should be done under the strict supervision of your qualified CrossFit Coach and prior to starting any exercise program please ensure you are cleared for exercise by your doctor.
Example CrossFit Workout
Benchmark CrossFit Workouts which are used to monitor your CrossFit progress as you get Stronger, Fitter, Faster and are named after women and fallen hero’s. One of the most common benchmark workouts is “Fran”
Complete the following for the fastest time:
Thruster: (Squat with an overhead press with an Olympic Bar)
Pullups: (chin ups)
Round 1 - 21 Reps of each
Round 2 – 15 Reps of each
Round 3 – 9 Reps of each
5 Top Tips for CrossFit Newbies
- • You are competing against yourself and no one else
- • Don’t be too proud to scale, if you can’t do it scale it
- • It never gets easier – it just sucks less – that’s why we love it
- • Have fun, that’s what it’s all about
- • Rest and Recovery are as important as working out
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* official description from crossfit.com