Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Crossfit Training

Crossfit training is classified as functional training and is an excellent total body workout. While you may have seen lots of men participating in this type of exercise, it is actually a fantastic workout for women! 

The basics of the Crossfit training program remain the same for everyone regardless of your sex or age. It is the way you perform the program that changes.

For anyone just starting with Crossfit you must take the time to familiarize yourself with the basics. This includes learning how to perform the required exercises.  These exercises involve learning how to do a sit up, push up and squat correctly. You will also need to learn how to do a deadlift, a shoulder press and pull ups.

Of course all of these basic moves will take time to learn. By repeating these moves daily you should be ready to take your first Crossfit class within a month. Take more time if necessary! There is no rush and it is extremely important to learn the moves correctly, this way you will derive more benefit once you start daily classes.

A Crossfit training program targets your entire body. You will develop more strength, power, agility, and balance along with a better cardiovascular and respiratory system. 

Depending on your fitness level you can start with a 3 day routine with a day of rest. Your other option is to work out for 5 days and then take 2 days off. Do whichever you feel more comfortable with.

You can visit the Crossfit website and get a Workout of the Day that lists the exercises you need to do. Each exercise will target a certain area and many people enjoy following this more structured routine. 

If you prefer you can make up your own Crossfit training program and incorporate exercises that you like. You must remember to include exercises that target all areas of your body. This should include some type of endurance and stamina building activities.  The whole object of Crossfit is to workout fast and hard, performing exercises with as few breaks as possible. 

Training should include sit ups, pushups, lifting dumbbells or kettlebells as well as weight exercises like bicep curls and chest presses.

Crossfit/Crossfit Style Routines

Here are some crossfit or crossfit style workouts by fellow fitness bloggers.

MOD WOD Workout by Sarah Jane Parker

Alphabet Workout by Sarah Waninger

Snatch Workout by Julia Hickman

Remember Crossfit is used by members of the armed forces, police department and fire departments. So there must be something to this method of training.  Anyone can easily participate in Crossfit by modifying exercises as necessary. Just don’t try to do too much too soon as you don’t want to injure yourself!

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