Fit Not Skinny. The crossfit way

What is Crossfit

CrossFit is a competitive exercise program.

The official definition of CrossFit is: constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

Many exercises are bodyweight-oriented, such as burpees, push-ups, jump rope, pull-ups, running, and more.

But also throw is some olympic lifts, such as the clean & jerk, snatch and deadlift.

Matt Fraser performing the Snatch

Matt Fraser performing the Snatch

Is it worth it?

In one word yes. and extremely good fun.

The benefits of CrossFit training outweigh the risks—but the risks are real.

While all exercise can create injury, people see more injuries with CrossFit because of thehigh-speed, high-impact approach. Certain exercises implemented by CrossFit (Olympic lifts, specifically) are meant to be done in moderation.

But saying that, injury can be found in any sport or exercise, knowing your limits is always helpful but if you don’t try it you may never know.

Who is it for?

Everybody..

Crossfit workouts can be scaled so they are for people of any age and of any fitness level.

Its one big family

Its one big family

All you need is a professional coach to assist you. A coach can make sure that your technique is good and safe, but is not always required.

People do Crossfit to be healthy and fit for everyday life, to burn fat, to build muscles or to reach a new, better look. Crossfit can also be done to gain an advantage for other sports, or as a whole new sport in itself.

Using a lot of functional movements which you may find come in very handy from day to day life.



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Fittest in the world

Now that is a Big statement. But this IS what they call the athletes who are competing at the top of the game.

No other sport can claim that title.

If you’re looking to become the fittest version of yourself then Crossfit could be the answer. working together in teams or on solo workouts, Yes it hard work and you should find yourself shattered by the end of a workout, but the feeling is immense.

The workouts and exercises

With more AMRAPs, EMOMs and WODs than you can get your head around, it makes sense to come to term's with CrossFit's terminology before attempting any of the below. 

crossfit gym, everybody working to become a better version or themselves.

crossfit gym, everybody working to become a better version or themselves.

AMRAP: This stands for "as many reps (or rounds) as possible", a workout structure that's frequently used in CrossFit to accompany conditioning pieces. It's designed to push your body to the max in a short time frame. "AMRAPs allow you to specify the amount of time that a training session will take.

EMOM: Every minute, on the minute. You'll need a watch, stopwatch or a clock for this one. Complete the prescribed number of reps within a minute's timeframe, resting for the remainder of the same minute. The EMOM format encourages you to work harder in order to earn more rest. Once a new minute starts, so do you. Deep breaths, now.

WOD: Workout of the day — the prescribed workout from CrossFit Affiliate gyms to their members. Usually under 20 minutes, some people question their efficacy. Each person will need to experiment to determine what "enough" means, says the official CrossFit website. Experienced athletes with specific competition goals might need additional work to improve their fitness, while beginners might need to reduce the volume of the WOD to optimise results.

FOR TIME: This just states the workout can be in any amount of time , the workout will have a set number of repetitions , calories or miles/kilometers and a range of exercises to get through. — the harder you push the more beneficial the workout will be.

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A few pieces of equipment used.

A few pieces of equipment used.

Equipment used:

  • barbells

  • kettlebells

  • ropes

  • dumbells

  • tyres

  • sleds

  • hammers

  • gravity bars

  • rings

  • ab mats

  • bodyweight

  • balls

  • weighted vests

  • boxes

  • skiers

  • rowers

  • bikes

  • pull up bars

  • skipping ropes

    So just think, the amount of exercises that could be done with all or no equipment, the list goes on.

Fancy giving one of these workouts ago, you won’t be disappointed !!

Ask a member of staff to help Taylor a workout for you.

Peter Nelson