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Crossfit is not your typical workout. When I first saw a CrossFit class I wasn’t at all convinced I’d like it. It looked intense and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to do half the exercises, but two classes later and I’m sold! It’s such a great workout and targets your whole body and really challenges you.
So what is CrossFit? Crossfit combines strength training, plyometrics, speed training, power-style weight lifting, kettle bells, body weight exercises, short bursts of cardiovasular exercise and endurance exercise.
With this combination of training, Crossfit targets all the types of fitness – cardio, stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance and coordination, meaning you get an intense, thorough workout in a shorter amount of time.
CrossFit is constantly varied, and it uses functional movements – exercises that target multiple muscle groups. It’s high intensity and offers a personal challenge – you record your times and repetitions on fitness test days so that you can always aim to challenge yourself.
As with any high intensity exercise, the risk of injury is increased, especially if you have previously been injured or you are new to the style of weight lifting. CrossFit is best suited to those with a level of fitness already, but if you’ve not been exercising and are keen to give it a go, talk through it with a professionally trained CrossFit instructor who could start you off on lower intensity classes and check you’re medically fit with a Dr.
Read more about CrossFit here
Want a closer look? Here’s some of the types of things you’ll do in a CrossFit class.