Men, Imagine you could squat 445 lbs, deadlift 545 lbs, clean and jerk 370 lbs, do 75 pull-ups in a row without letting go of the bar, run 5km in 20 minutes, have a awesome chiseled body, and have a great time with your friends working out in a great community. Sounds pretty nice doesn’t it? Some of you might have guessed it, but if you don’t know who I’m talking about, then google the fittest man on earth. The guy who pops up is Rich Froning Jr. For the last 3 years he has one the Crossfit Games, and how did he do that? He didn’t suck at anything. What about you ladies out there, Imagine you could squat 280 lbs, deadlift 375 lbs, clean 225 lbs, do 49 pull-ups in a row with out letting go of the bar, run 5km in 18:47, and still look good in a bikini! Well if you google “Fittest women on earth”, you’ll get Samantha Briggs, and she just one the last Crossfit games. How did she do that? You might have guessed it, she didn’t suck at anything.
Crossfit is a sport, a brand, a lifestyle.
Crossfit doesn’t make you the best at one thing, it makes you pretty good at everything, provided you have the right coach.
The core of Crossfit is based on the slogan “constantly varied functional movements at high intensity”. Now Crossfit has evolved to essentially prepare you for the unknown. Some Crossfit workouts I have participated in just focused on squats, others have included everything from burpees, to snatches, to swimming… There is a lot of negativity in the fitness world when it comes to Crossfit, and the main argument is: if you do Crossfit you are going to get injured. This to me is complete ignorance. There are a lot of Crossfit coaches out there that preach things like midline stabilization, mobility work, and form before all. These three keys are the groundwork to prevent you from getting injured, and even reduce the risk of injury under freak circumstances. Crossfit is a great tool that can help you break through barriers in fitness and also help build moral because of the great bonding and community it develops through group classes and activities.
If you haven’t tried Crossfit you might want to check it out! Here in Vancouver there are lots of Crossfit gyms popping up but if your looking for a good one check out “Crossfit kitsilano” or “Crossfit west10” they both have great coaches and have built great communities.
And remember, You might hate burpees. But they make you better.