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5 Things to Know About Crossfit
Crossfit is defined as functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.
Which means the WOD (work out of the day) will be constantly varied – different every day. You’d never repeat a WOD unless it’s a benchmark WOD which is a universal workout.
Functional movements are movements that will help you in everyday life.
For example performing a deadlift will help you pick up your groceries and a shoulder press will help you put away your groceries on the top shelves.
Here’s 5 Things you should know about Crossfit:
1. Everyone can do Crossfit. I thought about Crossfit for 2 years before I tried it, because I thought that everyone would be stronger than myself. I didn’t realize it was just like any other sport where you all start from the beginning, learning the movements and form before picking up weights. Crossfit is for ALL ages. From your sister to your grandmother. Every movement can be scalable and safe for each individual. Grandma is not going to be deadlifting her body weight, but maybe use a light bar to do so. She will still get a great workout regardless of the weight.
2. The last person to finish is not considered a loser but a winner. The Crossfit community is really what Crossfit is all about. It’s not a typical gym where you come in to do a workout, not speak to anyone then leave. Crossfit is a one hour class where you can get to know people, become friends and hang out outside the gym. Having that one common activity brings people together that you may never had met. When you’re in a class it’s important to encourage others to push hard and find someone that challenges you. We all want others to succeed and this energy passes down to you.
3. You need to find a good box. If you’re not getting stronger or better, take a look at the programming and decide whether or not that box (term used for Crossfit gyms) is right for you. It’s good to have a goal in mind. A very very small percentage of people make it to the Crossfit Games, so knowing where you want to be in 6 months, whether it be a strict pull-up or a new PR (personal record) on a back squat is a goal to write down. Also take part in any nutrition challenges your box may be doing. You will probably introduced to the diet Paleo which consists of eating ONLY meat, chicken, eggs, seafood, vegetables, nuts and oils. Try it for 28 days, and you will see a changes in your mood, performance and body.
4. Crossfit is NOT a cult. Many believe that people who do Crossfit ONLY do Crossfit, which is completely wrong. The founder of Crossfit, Greg Glassman encourages athletes to participate in other sports. Being a well rounded athlete will make you stronger and faster, which is the end goal.
5. Crossfit Never gets easy. If you ever say to yourself “Wow that WOD was easy” Then something is wrong. The weight was too light or you did a lot of things incorrectly. Your coach and community should motivate you go harder and heavier. As well as yourself. If you’re not laying on the floor in a pool of sweat go back and do the workout again! Speaking of being covered in sweat – making sure you have a hydration plan for before, during and after your workouts is key. MESTRENGTH Electrolyte Drink is a drink mix powder that provides athletes with a balanced blend of 5 electrolytes for complete hydration (whereas most sports drinks focus on 2) as well as 5 grams of creatine for muscle recovery (not for muscle bulk – at 5 grams creatine helps minimize lactic acid buildup, ultimately aiding in muscle recovery).
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