What is CrossFit? We’ll tell you!

Want to know what is CrossFit? Well, CrossFit is one of the fastest growing strength and conditioning programs in the world. You will find news and stories of the fitness program everywhere, including online where it has a huge presence. Here’s a quick guide on the CrossFit mantra and a few more things you should know about the program.

The CrossFit mantra

The mantra for CrossFit is: “Preparing the body not only for the known, but also the unknown,”says former gymnast Greg Glassman. Glassman together with Lauren Jenai founded CrossFit, Inc., a fitness company established in 2000 and functioned as earlier as 1996, that started the CrossFit movement and refined the CrossFit system into one of the world's most beautifully addictive workout program.

CrossFit is promoted both as a physical exercise philosophy, as well as a competitive fitness sport. It targets what it calls major components of physical fitness: muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, stamina, flexibility, speed, power, agility, accuracy, balance and coordination.“Our specialty is not specializing," explains Greg Glassman.

If you or your friends who want to know what is CrossFit also want to get started in it, understand Crossfit is not for the fainthearted. CrossFit workout sessions can be very tough, especially if you have not been actively working for some time or you are only just beginning to work out.

CrossFit workout sessions

CrossFit workout sessions combine strength training, speed training, explosive plyometrics, kettle bells body weight exercises, endurance exercises, gymnastics and Olympic- and power-style weight lifting. The workouts are short and highly intense, often taking between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. One exercise usually follows right after the next, with very little rest in between.

The workout sessions are practiced by members of thousands of CrossFit affiliated gyms (also known as a Crossfit box or a Crossfit affiliate) across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the rest of the world. Individuals complete a Workout of the Day (WOD) routine posted on the parent US CrossFit website or an affiliated gym's website.

CrossFit exercises

CrossFit exercise routines include running, pushing, squatting, pulling and rowing. Some of the common types of CrossFit exercises are:

1. The Snatch - involves rapidly pulling a weighted bar from the floor to directly over your head with the arms held straight.

2. Power cleans - involves pulling a weighted bar from the floor and bringing it up to and in front of your shoulders in quick forceful movements, and

3. Variations of sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups.

There you have it! Why not go out to the gym and get started now that you know what is CrossFit?

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