I love a good sweat and I live for a good challenge so I have no idea why I hadn’t tried CrossFit until recently is a little mind boggling. But I did it and I loved it, so in case you are thinking about crossing over to the worlds fastest growing fitness trend, read this and get ready to buck up and shape up sis.
What Is CrossFit?
Textbook description: CrossFit is a interval based program developed to offer a full-body workout. It is often performed at a relatively high intensity and is a combination of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and more.
RAD description: CrossFit is an excellent way to be challenged both physically and mentally. I was beyond afraid before I popped my CrossFit cherry. However in the end, I left my first session at CrossFit GSP in New Jersey thinking, “when can I come back for more?!” In short, I had a blast with co-owner and head coach, Kenny Santucci. Don’t believe, just watch and know that you can do Crossfit with these five tips:
#1 You Can Totally Be A Newbie
First things first, anyone–and I mean anyone can do CrossFit. I know you watched the CrossFit Games on ESPN, and then there’s the guy in your office who talks your ear off about WOD’s (see below to see what that means)–but this doesn’t mean that you can’t get down on the rack too sis. This heck of a workout isn’t just for buff babes, in fact, I was pleased to see Santucci’s mother pop in for her daily workout while I was getting my first session in. Everyone has to start somewhere, and when you make your debut at a CrossFit box near you, they will make sure you learn the ropes (pun intended). In fact here are the fundamentals…
#2 Learn These 9 And You’ll Be Fine
The nine fundamentals of CrossFit are a compilation of moves that will prepare you for any scenario that this high intensity format may bring. Most CrossFit gyms offer what is called an “On Ramp” or “Elements” course where they will teach you proper form for the following: air squats (without the bar), front squats, overhead squats, shoulder press, push press, push jerk, deadlifts, sumo deadlift high pull and medicine ball cleans. Sound like a lot? Don’t sweat it. You’re actually already doing most of these movement sequences in your everyday life. For instance, when you pick up your baby or a box off of the ground–that my friend is a deadlift. So keep living and keep showing up to your local “box” and you’ll be a true CrossFitter before you know it.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"