The Crossfit Ideology
Crossfit is a core strength and conditioning program aimed at creating a belief in fitness within each of its participants. The Official Crossfit website defines Crossfit as being the “principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide”. This shows that Crossfit can be used across many different sectors and many different people. The basic fundamentals of Crossfit are that within each workout it will test and incorporate each body part equally meaning one is not left out or disadvantaged like other Bodybuilding and Fitness programs.
Who is Crossfit for?
One of the main things that Crossfit instructors pride themselves on is the fact that Crossfit is accessible by almost everyone who wishes to take part. The programs and routines offered by Crossfit instructors are interchangeable between professional athletes and casual once-a-week participants. This allows Crossfit to improve the overall health and fitness of many different people all over the world. Whether you are a current or former athlete, fitness fanatic or someone who is new on the fitness scene you may just find something in Crossfit that is perfect for you.
What is a Crossfit Class Like?
An average Crossfit class will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. At all times there are instructors walking around class offering their support and feedback to all participants. A typical class will be split into three sections:
Dynamic warm up – This will involve things called functional movements. This includes box jumps, jumping jacks, pull ups, stretching and mobility work that will that aid the movements used in later stages of the class.
Strength work – This will incorporate strength related workouts such as squats or deadlifts. These compound movements contribute to a large portion of mass building within participants.
Cool down and stretching – Whether it is as a group or own your own there will be time allocated at the end of a class for a slow cool down and class-related stretching in order to reduce the risk of an injury.