About two years ago, I got a call from my little brother. We often share ideas for working out and trying to stay fit as we get older. He told me to turn to ESPN, to see this fitness competition. I turn to it, and it is the Crossfit Games. These men and women are competing against one another, doing classic(and not so classic) exercises. They showed an extreme level of fitness, and I had to check it out.
I jumped online, and googled Crossfit. I found a few local gyms(boxes), and decided to see what it was really about. I went to a beginners class. I had been working out pretty consistently for months, so I figured this beginners class would be no sweat. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. That class kicked my butt. I was sore as hell when I was finished. I decided then to work in some Crossfit principles into my workouts. And I have seen all kinds of gains in my levels of fitness. My stamina has increased, and I am stronger than I have been in a long time.
Crossfit helps build functional strength. You lift weights, but the movements are dynamic, working multiple muscle groups at once. The workouts are time based, so you get the same amount of work as if you had a much longer workout. The drawback to Crossfit is if you don’t do the exercises correctly, there is an increased chance of injury since you are doing the exercises for time. To help minimize this risk, I highly suggest going to a Crossfit box, and taking the beginners classes. There are always deals on Groupon and Living Social. If you get bored easy with your working out, I can’t suggest Crossfit enough. Everyday is something different. Check it out, and let me know what you think.