Wednesday, November 25, 2020

CrossFit

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CrossFit News

What is CrossFit

CrossFit® is a fitness regime created by founder Greg Glassman which is a registered trademark of CrossFit, Inc. and it’s often referred to as a ‘competitive fitness sport’ that involves a little bit of everything from high-intensity functional training to Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, Strongman, calisthenics, gymnastics, and more. 

So, it’s not a sport for the faint of heart due to the fast-paced, high-intensity style but it has blown up in popularity over the years crowning several ‘Fittest on Earth’ champions every summer at the ‘CrossFit Games’ since 2007.

There are over 13,000 affiliated gyms around the world (half in the United States) where individuals train and complete WODs or (Workouts of The Day). Throughout the year, there are many events that allow athletes to qualify for the CrossFit Games which takes place in Madison, Wisconsin and it’s truly a test to find the ‘Fittest’ man, woman, and team athletes in the world.


Although, there are several more divisions competing which include Masters and Teenage groups as well. So, CrossFit is really a sport that all age groups can compete in and it’s always changing but that’s why we do our best to keep up with the latest.

Key Movements

Here are some typical CrossFit movements…

Pull-Ups

The pull-up is an essential exercise for CrossFit training and competition which means athletes need to spend a lot of time on the bar.

It’s an amazing back and bicep developer plus forearms and grip are very important for being able to pull yourself up the bar for many repetitions. Not to mention, being proficient with the pull-up will carry over to other exercises. But it’s no easy task as bodyweight movements are some of the most challenging.  

Thrusters

The thruster involves a squat and press which means all CrossFit athletes must be proficient in this movement as it’s very important for the different movement variations. 

You use a barbell and dumbbell to train for this movement but the former is ideal for training and competition carryover. But the thruster is a great muscle and strength builder, along with teaching proper full-body technique.

Handstand Push-Ups

One of the more difficult exercises not only because of the strength necessary to do it but also because of the balance and coordination required to be upside down. 

The handstand push-up builds muscle, power, and functional strength while also training balance and stability.

Box Jumps

The box jump is an excellent lower body exercise which builds explosiveness, strength, coordination, and conditioning. Therefore, it’s a necessary athletic movement.

Wall Balls

Wall balls are one of the basic exercises that involves a squat and throw component which has athletic carryover in addition to the aerobic aspect for improving conditioning. 

Deadlift

The deadlift is important for the explosive clean portion of CrossFit lifts. The more you can drive your legs through the ground against a heavy barbell will definitely make your training much more efficient.