So what is Crossfit? By definition Crossfit is ‘Constantly varied high intensity functional movements’. This means lifting heavy loads, for long distances, quickly. For me personally Crossfit is the crème-de-la-crème of fitness. This is because Crossfit covers all 10 elements of fitness. These are: (in no particular order)
- Cardiovascular endurance
The idea is for Crossfit athletes to be of a good standard at all 10 elements of fitness. (Basically an all round beast) Where as the likes of bodybuilders and others tend to develop less of these. Not that they’re any better, or worse, just a different perspective and way to train. To help put it into perspective look at it like this:
There are 3 main groups of fitness, these are:
- Calisthenics (bodyweight)
- Sports and running
Crossfit athletes focus on all 10 elements of fitness. Bodybuilders as previously mentioned focus on around 5 elements at best. (However it does depend on how you train) Calisthenics athletes can be impressive; if it were a competition they would probably come in close second. (With Crossfit being first of course) These athletes can hit around 6 or 7 of these elements during their training. Where as runners and athletes who play primarily sports will likely hit 4 or 5 from their activities. The point is that Crossfit covers all corners of fitness; no stone unturned kind of thing.
How do they train?
Crossfit athletes basically do a bit of everything to hit all 10 elements of fitness. It is defined as ‘varied high intensity functional movements’ which is basically moving heavy loads, large distances, quickly. This includes, running, swimming skipping, Olympic weightlifting etc.. To give you a better idea here are the 9 fundamental Crossfit movements:
- Front squat
- Overhead squat
- Overhead press
- Push up
- Push jerk
- Pull ups
- Medicine ball clean
You may have noticed that a lot the weight lifting in Crossfit is Olympic weightlifting. Therefore if you’re accustom to going commercial gyms, you may not be familiar with a ‘jerk’ or ‘snatch’, or atleast not the proper form.
A few of these movements are usually thrown together to create a WOD (workout of the day), if you’re familiar with Crossfit you’ll know that these are generally what you follow for your workouts. If you go to a box (Crossfit gym) you’ll usually find a board with the WOD on it. New to Crossfit? Or just stuck for ideas? Checkout the ‘WOD’ page for some ideas.
If you’re really competitive, and really, really, really good at Crossfit, you should check out the Crossfit games. Who knows, you could be the next fittest man (Or women) on Earth!
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2016 Crossfit games highlights video available at: https://youtu.be/En1RBBzQZoA