What Is CrossFit Training?

What is CrossFit? 

CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness workout style that incorporates elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular training. It was developed by Greg Glassman in the early 2000s and has since become a popular fitness trend with a growing community of followers. After a while, people started gaining a lot more respect for people who competed in CrossFit as they realised how difficult it can be.

CrossFit workouts typically involve a combination of different exercises performed at high intensity and with little rest in between. These exercises can include weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope. The goal is to improve overall fitness and athleticism by building strength, endurance, and flexibility.

CrossFit workouts are often structured as timed or scored challenges, with participants trying to complete as many rounds or reps as possible in a set amount of time. CrossFit also incorporates a sense of community and competition, with participants often working out in groups and pushing each other to achieve their goals.

How does CrossFit training work?

CrossFit training is based on a philosophy of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. The program is designed to improve overall fitness by developing ten general physical skills: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.

It’s important to note that CrossFit can be a high-intensity workout program and may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with underlying health conditions or injuries. It’s important to work with a qualified CrossFit coach and gradually build up to more intense workouts to minimise the risk of injury.

How does CrossFit training benefit you?

  • improving overall fitness including cardiovascular endurance, strength, power, flexibility, agility and balance.
  • the ability to burn calories and build muscle by using bodyweight and weightlifting exercises
  • increasing endurance through timed challenges which help boost stamina
  • having a strong sense of community through being in groups for CrossFit workouts

Are there any drawbacks to CrossFit training?

  • like with all training styles, there is a risk to injury. This is a high intensity workout and incorporates difficult lifts that need training
  • overtraining is a factor that plays a part as it is a highly exerting activity 
  • cost can be high for some CrossFit gyms, value for money is important