This week we have my second installment in my new ‘impressions’ series. The first one was all about Bikram Yoga (hot yoga), which you can read by clicking through that link.
The idea behind this series is to test myself with new challenges, or just new experiences in the fitness and health arena. Bikram Yoga was certainly a new thing for me, as I was a relative newbie to yoga in general. If you’re interested in updates, I can tell you that I’ve been to 2 further classes since my first one in early June. I’m still enjoying it, and am having fun mastering the workouts, which are still so tough to do. You need great flexibility and concentration to master each pose and stretch, and it’s fun to try and perfect your balance.
What is CrossFit?
So today I’m a newbie once more, but this time for CrossFit. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that has become highly popular in gyms across the world, but primarily in the United States.
The philosophy of CrossFit is high intensity workouts with constantly varied, functional movements designed to challenge you and develop a sleek and muscular physique. Also key behind the workouts is the idea that you can scale it to your particular level. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, each workout can be adapted to your needs.
The CrossFit WOD
The best way to experience CrossFit is alongside others who are also challenging themselves. This is how I had my first experience of CrossFit.
If you can’t make it down to a gym that is hosting a session of CrossFit, you can always head over to CrossFit online and view the daily workouts. These are known as WODs, or the workout of the day. You don’t have to do the latest one – you can go through the backlog to find one that fits your mood. It could be the most grueling workout you can find, or simply one that takes your fancy for that day. With a new WOD every day though, you’ll never be short of great ideas to get your heart pumping.
My Experience with CrossFit
In a group though is where CrossFit really shines. There is a great sense of community, as I was welcomed into the group and made friends straight away. There’s a good sense of competition, but not so much that I felt out of place. I felt like I was there to push myself, not to measure myself against others.
Some of the exercises we did involved calisthenics such as push-ups and pull-ups and squats, then lifting, using kettlebells and a variety of plyometrics. I found myself exhilarated in that environment, yelling encouragement to my new friends to keep going, and they did the same for me.
I’m going to continue checking out the WOD online because I feel that I want to keep CrossFit in my life. I will definitely return to join a CrossFit group at the gym again at some point, because it was a great experience. If you want to experience it for the first time yourself, I recommend going along to one of these classes. You’ll make some new friends and get shown the ropes pretty quickly.
What’s your experience of CrossFit? Let me know in the comments below!