After trying pretty much every fitness craze under the sun (yogalates anyone?), churning through gym memberships, and falling off the fitness wagon too many times, I was seriously beginning to wonder whether there was any fitness regime that could stand up to the challenge of . . . well, attendance.
So, it's fair to say I had my doubts when a friend suggested I give CrossFit a go. Each time I peeked into the Newstead CrossFit Resolve gym, a wave of intimidation would wash over me. This didn't feel like the nurturing (read: comfortable) fitness experience I was used to. And it wasn't. It was way better.
Crossfit aims to build a broad, general, and inclusive level of fitness in preparation for (drumroll . . . ) everyday life. By borrowing from disciplines such as weightlifting, gymnastics (within reason, people!), and high-intensity interval training, Crossfit aims to prepare your body for whatever life may throw at it. How often does life throw you a 10km run? Mmmm.
I've decided that to age well as a woman (or a man, sorry gents!), strength and mobility is where it's at, which is exactly what CrossFit develops. In group sessions, Crossfit takes me out of my comfort zone, and keeps me interested by changing the workout daily. The skeptic in me was curious as to the results of such a seemingly short workout (10 minutes? Are you serious?). Well, let's just say that a 'little' 10-minute Crossfit workout can be a very humbling (and, on occasion, seemingly near-death) experience.
A typical CrossFit WOD (Workout Of The Day) involves a short warm-up skip or run, followed by a thorough introduction to the day's weightlifting technique (I now know the difference between a clean, and a jerk). WODs can involve an array of bodyweight movements such as air squats and pushups, as well as pull ups, sit ups, and dips, skipping, box jumps, and burpees. A couple of visits to CrossFit a week should cover pretty much all muscle groups, plus give you adequate recovery. WODs are done against the clock for time, or in a set time, as many repetitions as possible.
Worried? Don't be. The skilled and experienced trainers guide you through the entire process, not to mention the constant encouragement from your fellow group members. It's this community-minded focus that really makes CrossFit so popular and that's what sets it apart from a flash-in-the-pan fitness craze.
As for me, I'm still on the CrossFit wagon 18 months in . . . hanging on with no sign of falling off. Seems my CrossFit arms are just too darn strong.
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