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Crossfit has made its way into fitness circles worldwide. Crossfit or the Sport of Fitness as it is now being referred to has evolved into a global exercise phenomenon. As people’s idea of fitness has evolved so too has fitness itself. Gone are the days of pure body building or strict athletic training, unless of course, you’re a pro bodybuilder or a pro-athlete. Today, the fitness paradigm is slowly shifting from a specialist approach of excelling in one aspect of fitness, to a more general and inclusive approach to training across the spectrum of fitness skills.
“CrossFit contends that a person is as fit as they are proficient in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy” – Crossfit.com
Crossfit is all about varied, high-intensity functional movements. Unlike traditional bodybuilding, powerlifting or strength training protocols that emphasize specific movement patterns that train the body in a given way, Crossfit draws upon movements and exercises from various disciplines and sports that deliver fitness that is “broad, general and inclusive”(Crossfit.com)..
Crossfit’s success lies in its all-inclusive training formats and its encouraging community like classes and workshops. Anyone and everyone, including your grandma and grand dad are welcome to join and benefit from Crossfit. Unlike other specialty disciplines that require a pre-requisite level of skill or fitness, with Crossfit, you are welcome and encouraged to start wherever you find yourself. If you can only do ten push-ups, five squats, and a few pull-ups, well then that’s your starting point and don’t worry there are plenty of beginner-friendly workouts designed to help you build strength and confidence fast.
Before we get into the beginner workouts, there is some Crossfit lingo that you should be familiar with:
Most WOD’s are assigned a girl’s name. Why might you wonder? Here’s what CrossFit founder Greg Glassman reportedly said: “Any workout that leaves you flat on your back, staring up at the sky, wondering what the hell happened deserves a girl’s name.”
This classic is as simple yet effective as they come. With Cindy, you’ll have to perform:
The important thing to keep in mind is that there is no rest in between sets, so as soon as you’re done with your squats, you need to start over on your pull-ups.
However, depending on your fitness level, you can either scale up or scale down the exercises. So, if you can’t perform strict chest to floor push ups, you could try wall pushups or knee push-ups. The same applies for the pull-ups and squats.
Meet another beautiful lady in Helen: 3 Rounds for Time:
She might look easy going, but she’ll put you through the ringer, especially if you’re not careful with your breathing, and you forget to pace yourself.
This WOD serves as an introduction to weight lifting for all Crossfit newbies.
5 Back Squats
3 Overhead Press
Your three heaviest attempts for each lift are combined to give you your “Total”. That’s how it’s done in the games at any rate. However, since this is a beginner workout, it’s all about getting familiar with the lifts and learning proper technique.
Good luck and remember to be safe, have lots of fun and learn from a professional.