Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting for Melissa today! My name is Kristin and I blog at Shore to Run about health, fitness and life at the Jersey Shore. I have connected with many amazing people both online and at events like the Healthy Living Summit. I am thankful for the bloggers and FitFluential family who all have been great motivators for me in trying new things and setting new goals whether it be with running, recipes, or products. One of my “step-outside-the-box” or “push-myself” experiments has been dabbling in CrossFit.
For those of you looking for a “definition” of CrossFit, you can find it here.
Thus far, I have had two “formal” experiences with CrossFit (taking a class, led by CrossFit trainers/athletes):
The first was at a CrossFit location in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a newbie, I was introduced to the movements, philosophy, and safety precautions of CrossFit in this beginner’s class. Most of my research has shown that beginners are encouraged to take 3 intro classes before heading “fully” into a CrossFit program. Besides the education, introduction, and warm up, the actually workout in the beginner class was pretty intense… in a good way!
The workout was sketched out on the board and was to be completed “for time”, meaning as fast as you can complete the rounds (safely of course). When it was time to go, the music got cranked and the sweat started dripping. The class offered a sense of camaraderie as everyone worked simultaneously to complete their rounds. The burpee box jumps were brutal to say the least… but definitely a strengthening movement.
My second exposure to CrossFit was at the Healthy Living Summit (where I finally met Melissa in person!!)
We were given some schooling on the foundation and beginnings of CrossFit and the basics behind it. It’s all about being able to MEASURE your workouts, your results, and your progress over time. For instance, our workout at the Summit was SIMPLE: 8 air squats and 12 jumps. Repeated. For five minutes. The goal was to get as many rounds as possible of those 2 simple moves within the five minute time frame. This way, with continued training and progress, you are able to revisit that exact workout in, say, one month, to see how you have improved (how many more rounds were you able to complete than the last time?).
What I like about CrossFit workouts like these is that they are simple to remember (not complicated) and simple to do (meaning they do not require equipment of any kind).
Of course, as CrossFitters progress, there are workouts that require weights etc., which is why I am eager to get back to another beginner class to become comfortable with the basic movements and lifts involved in many of their daily workouts (of WOD’s ß Workout of the Day).
If you have been curious about CrossFit, I suggest doing your research for beginner or intro classes in your area. Also, there is a mobile appthat provides you with weekly WOD’s to do at home or at the gym on your own (with proper knowledge of the movements to be executed safely of course!)
The app is called iCross WoD, I occasionally use the app for a new workout, or draw inspiration from a WoD to create my own timed routine. It allows you to post your time and then compare it to a previous time of the same workout completed in a previous month:
Here’s the WoD from Tuesday. You’ll notice many CrossFit wrokouts are named after women. According to one Crossfit coach: “Anything that leaves you flat on your back looking up at the sky asking ‘WTF happened to me?’ deserves a female name.” I think that’s a pretty sound justification J
So, what are your thoughts on CrossFit? Have you ever tried a class? Would you ever want to?