I myself have never tried Crossfit but have always been interested in this form of exercise of flipping tires and doing exercise that is not based on just barbells, dumbells, or or treadmills. Has to be good but word is that this is super tough exercise workouts.
What is Crossfit?
While CrossFit has been sweeping the nation for some time, many are just getting familiar with the workout style that has revolutionized the fitness industry. The format and style of the classes have come under scrutiny for their intense nature and explosive moves, which calls in to question how safe this program is for the average Joe, or someone just starting out a fitness routine.
ACE Exercise Physiologist, Jessica Matthews, visited her local CrossFit gym in San Diego to find out what the CrossFit movement is all about. Here are Jessica’s tips for those interested in joining:
- Know what you’re getting yourself into: CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on everything from coordination to power through an assortment of randomized physical challenges. You will be doing box jumps, lunges, pull-ups, kettlebell swings and more exercises that strive to provide a total-body workout. While the workouts may seem short, only prescribing three exercises on occasion, don’t be fooled – you will be doing an intense workout.
- Do your research: Before starting at a CrossFit gym, inquire as to what certifications, training and education the trainers hold. Seeking out individuals with an NCCA-accredited personal training certification, along with the mandatory CrossFit Level 1 credential and other relevant continuing education, is important to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable Crossfit experience.
- Select the proper attire: Make sure to wear clothes that will allow for maximum movement and optimal cooling, as you will break a sweat. Shorts, tank tops and pants are all appropriate wardrobe choices as long as you feel comfortable.
- Set your foundation: If you’re just starting a CrossFit program, make sure to sign up for the Foundations class. This is imperative, as here you will learn the proper form and technique to use to safely perform the exercises. New CrossFitters are usually required to take this class, but if you’re still not comfortable to jump into a regular class after completing the program, speak to the trainers about one-on-one training to help you master your form.
- Have fun: Some of the workouts are timed, meaning you want to complete the number of rounds prescribed as quickly as possible. It can be easy to get into a competitive mode to try to beat your own personal record or your classmate’s time. Instead, focus on enjoying the workout and ensuring you are properly completing each move, regardless of how long it takes.