What Is CrossFit Training?
CrossFit Training is a training philosophy based on a structured programme that improves strength and fitness in all areas of the body. It is used by military and police agencies as well as in athletics coaching. CrossFit focusses on one set of high-intensity interval training exercises each day. The timed sets of functional movements that go to make up each workout include push-ups, pull-ups, squats, rowing, running, weightlifting and gymnastics.
CrossFit is perfect for those who wish to increase their levels of fitness so that their bodies are capable of almost any activity. Some specialist sports coaches are wary of CrossFit as they believe it has a high risk of injury. However, as long as people are properly trained by competent, well-trained and observant coaches who ensure that the movements are being completed safely, CrossFit enhances an athlete’s performance in many different sports. CrossFit is becoming increasingly popular, with 200 plus gyms offering CrossFit training across the UK. For your nearest affiliation gym, take a look at map.crossfit.com
How Can CrossFit Make You a Better Athlete?
CrossFit enhances performance in any sport, both physically and mentally. For example, Swiss rower Simon Schürch, who competed in the 2012 Olympics, found that after completing a CrossFit programme at CrossFit Turicum in Zurich, his 2000m rowing time improved by more than two seconds, from 6:14 to 6:12. He now does CrossFit training from Monday to Wednesday and sports-specific exercises during the rest of the week.
The benefits of CrossFit include enhanced skill, strength and endurance, and as a rower Simon also finds his balance has greatly improved. The intelligent application of CrossFit techniques enhances the performance of athletes in many other sports. Swimmers, triathletes, footballers, runners and cyclists will all benefit from the programme, both physically and psychologically. However, they should always continue additional sports-specific training alongside CrossFit.