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What is CrossFit and How to Do that

There is so many strength building workouts that are there today to try out. But when we talk about building body strength OVERALL, the term CrossFit is what comes in. Sure, there are a number of workout routines available, but the most efficient one would be the one that grants you the overall strength. Not just the arms, or your abs or any other specific body part. It’s the complete internal and an external body strength we are talking about here.

CrossFit is generally referred to as gaining an overall physical well-being and an intensified cardiovascular strength by anybody, irrespective of their body shape and size.

What is CrossFit?

Stating it as a definition from the official site, CrossFit’s definition is as follows.

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

In the CrossFit program, the physical well-being of a person in the following areas is generally involved.

  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Balance
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Power
  • Cardiovascular strength
  • Respiratory endurance

The series of exercises or workouts is arranged in such a way that the individual gradually works upon himself/herself starting from a lower level and going towards a higher level.

The workouts in general sense are quite intense and challenging. And these are not limited to a definite routine that tends to go on and on for days. Instead, in CrossFit, each day your body is made to encounter a new kind of workout that tests your functional strength and conditioning. In CrossFit, you don’t specialize in one thing. In fact, you are made ready to be able to do anything or everything.

How does it roll?

When it comes to intense and challenging exercises, one might wonder about their inability to do the assigned workout for a day. Since you don’t have that much stamina or strength in the beginning. That’s where the CrossFit routine begins for you. For example, you were assigned to do 150-pound squats, but you can only do the 45-pound ones, then that will serve as your initial point. You will do it with the 45 pounds, and gradually you’ll take yourself to 150 after some time when you have gained enough strength through practice. This is how someone rolls into the CrossFit. It’s never sudden; it’s gradual.

How to do CrossFit?

There are a number of gyms and classes that you can join to get started with the CrossFit regime. However, if you want to do it at home all by yourself, we shall suggest going easy on yourself. Since CrossFit regime requires natural endurance that builds up gradually, so you need to practice patience on a regular basis.

According to professionals, for the CrossFit beginners, a workout named Cindy is the perfect one.

CINDY:

What you’ll need: A pull-up bar

For Cindy, you need to do:

  • Set time to 20 minutes.
  • AMRAP of 5 Pullups, 10 Push-ups, and 15 Squats

AMRAP is ‘As Many Rounds As Possible.’

It means that you will need to set your clock to 20 minutes and then do 5 pull ups, 10 push ups and 15 squats. All 3 done together count as 1 single round. And you need to complete as many rounds as possible before the 20-minutes end. Please note that there is no break between these rounds. As soon as you are done with the 15 squats, you need to run straight up to the pull-ups.

Pull-ups (5): These can be anything from banded pull-ups, chair assisted pull-ups or jumping pull-ups. You can even do bodyweight rows in case you don’t have a pull-up bar.

Push-ups (10): The standard ones are chest to the deck. However, you can also go for wall pushups or knee push ups.

Squats (15): Regular air squats without weights.

Advantages of CrossFit

As it must be clear by now, that CrossFit is the perfect body strength building regime one can opt for gaining overall physical fitness. If we talk about other advantages of CrossFit, they are as follows.

  • Nothing is more motivational than watching yourself levelling up from something you can not able to do. Through CrossFit, you can literally watch yourself progressing through time.
  • It makes you competitive in a positive way when you get to scale yourself up with your fellow mates.
  • It is damn encouraging to see your level of improvement when you are able to do an exercise that you earlier couldn’t even think about.
  • You get a toned body with CrossFit which won’t wear out easily. Not only has a fit body but you will get a strong inner self.

So these were some insights into the CrossFit world. However, we highly recommend going for CrossFit classes or gym guidance if you are really serious about it. Happy Strength Building!

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