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.