CrossFit, a term you might have heard, you might not have heard but it is one of the fastest growing fitness community right now. The name is self-explanatory in a way but there is much more to it. Though developed in the year 2000, it has recently gained popularity as people are now shifting towards the idea of overall fitness besides the conventional old school bodybuilding. This part of fitness, I still feel that people are unaware of, hence I decided to take up this. So let’s get right into it.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit refers to a training regime which involves all the basic movements needed in day-to-day life. It is a routine developed for overall development of your body through a mix of Weightlifting, Endurance, Gymnastics and Calisthenics. It integrates all these into one single program designed to train an individual to the fullest, in every way possible so that he can lift, he can run, he can climb, do almost everything related to being fit thus creating a complete athlete, a fitness specimen.
In CrossFit, your progress is measured not by the amount you are lifting, but through proper observation by keeping records of your performance. Many of you might have seen people using a white board to write down sets and exercises, this comes from CrossFit, as it provides you with a measure to surpass your best. It will involve the most unconventional routines. Unlike the Bench presses and the bicep curls you do at your gym, it involves exercises such as Clean and Jerk, pull ups, push ups, lunges, air squats, Deadlifts, rope-climb and much more. It focuses more on increasing your core strength resulting in the overall fitness of the individual. It is not only about the exercises or the regimes, it is also about the way in which you are training, methodologies such as AMRAP (as much rounds as possible) or EMOM (Every minute on the minute) etc. These training methods can make a huge difference in boosting your fitness levels and training your body from all angles, in the best way possible. This is the reason that CrossFit athletes are considered the fittest on the planet. They are fit, have good physiques, have gains, strength, stamina, everything.
Strength+Endurance+Everyday fitness = CrossFit
To get a deeper understanding about What CrossFit is, here is a link to their official site
Should you be doing CrossFit?
Is it necessary for everyone to be doing CrossFit in order to get fit? I know I have spoken very highly of it, about how good it is but should you be doing it? The most honest answer to this is about what you want, what you seek, what do you demand from your body. Goals relating to fitness will always differ from individual to individual. There may be a guy who wants to be a professional bodybuilder and there might be someone who just wants basic everyday life fitness and then there may be someone who wants to do Powerlifting. Hence, different mindsets, different goals. If you are someone looking to be a stronger and fitter version of yourself and wants to see results in minimum time possible, I’ll suggest you get into CrossFit rather than joining a gym. I have nothing against going to the gym, you can get fitter, stronger there too, but I find CrossFit more challenging and intriguing. Some of you may agree, some of you might not. All you can do is just give it a shot, try and get out of your comfort zone and push your body to do something new. You might not grow fond of it, but there is a guarantee that you’ll learn a thing or two. I am going to leave you all with a video which got me all worked up for CrossFit, the CrossFit Games. Have fun!