It’s not new. Crossfit has actually been around since the mid 90s.

It’s didn’t reinvent the wheel. Calisthenics, weight lifting, plyometrics and body weight exercises all existed before CrossFit.

There’s nothing high-tech, modern or cutting edge about it.

And yet, it’s one of the hottest fitness trends in the United States, and it’s only getting more popular. But why?

For starters, the workout is quick. If you want to get in and out of the gym as efficiently as possible (and who doesn’t!?), CrossFit is a good option with many of the daily workouts lasting only 10-30 minutes. Buuuuut, don’t let that fool you. Each WOD (of “Workout of the Day”) is different. They all include a variety of calisthenics (such as squats, push ups, pull ups and sit ups), weight lifting, plyometrics (such as box jumps or squat jumps) and body weight exercises (like burpees, rope climb and handstand pushups).

You complete several sets of each exercise, with specified repetitions for each, in the WOD, with little or no rest in between sets. Each WOD is to be completed as quickly as possible, and you’re timed. If you attend a CrossFit gym, your daily time will most likely be posted on a board. This will motivate you to work harder to get better than the competition in your class.

The great thing about CrossFit is that it works, and it works quickly! You’ll see your body transform very quickly if you stick to it. Since workouts change daily, your body won’t have the opportunity to get used to the exercises, causing it to tighten, tone and build muscle quickly.

On the other hand, you need to take time to understand how to correctly perform each exercise. If you don’t do them correctly, you can injure yourself – and that’s just not the name of the game! CrossFit at a gym is recommended since you need a coach to inspire your performance, supervision in case of injury (or recommended corrections to your technique), competitive spirit of a class to encourage you to improve, and a variety of gear and space you’ll need to complete the workouts. However, CrossFit classes are pricey. When you’ve made up your mind to do CrossFit, attend the classes and stick with it.

Have you tried CrossFit? If so, how do you feel about this super intense workout?

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