What is Crossfit?
If you want to find out more about Crossfit, you are at the right place. CrossFit, a fitness programme originated in the United States by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000, is taking the world by storm in the last few years. With more than 12000 affiliates across the globe, CrossFit is becoming THE fitness programme to get into.
With 2016 CrossFit Games Open currently on the way, we thought we would answer some most frequently asked questions about this sport!
1.What do people do in CrossFit?
Crossfit itself is defined as “a programme with constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”. This means CrossFit covers a lot of things including running, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, body weight exercise, indoor rowing, swimming, plyometrics, etc. So generally speaking, people in CrossFit do quite a lot of fun things!
2. Is Crossfit hard?
Well, the simple answer to this question is “Yes, of course! “, but let’s be honest, no one is born to do those movements like muscle-ups or toe-to-bar. The truth is, CrossFit is hard, but that’s exactly why its fun. You get the chance to improve within a community, which is one of the best things about Crossfit.
3. WOD, AMRAP… What do these words mean?!
It’s true that with CrossFit, a lot of shorthand words come into play, and yes, it can be very confusing. Let’s just give some examples and explain them to you in an easy way.
WOD:”workout of the day” which is simply a workout athlete perform on a given day.
AMRAP:”as many reps/rounds as possible “this simply means in a set amount of times, athletes should challenge themselves to as many rounds of set-workout as they possibly can.”
Pistol: this is a common workout in CrossFit that requires athletes to squat using a single leg.
Metcon: “metabolism conditioning”. This means athletes are to improve their tenacity, stamina using high-intensity training.
4. How should I eat?
Well, you should definitely eat healthy as well as drink plenty of water no matter if you do CrossFit or not! Clean eating improves people’s ability to achieve better performance. Many people in CrossFit go with a diet called “Paleo”, which is simply to eat what caveman ate. This means no refined sugar, no added salt, no dairy and almost no grain.
5. Where should I go if I wanna start CrossFit?
Congratulations for wanting to start! To do CrossFit, it’s best to go to a Crossfit Box where you could soak in the atmosphere of an active community. If you are not sure where’s the nearest CrossFit gym to you, just check out The CrossFit Affiliate Map to find out!
Now, grab a pre-workout snack and get out there!