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What is CrossFit?

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what-is-crossfitCrossFit is Catching More People’s Attention Than Ever Before.

We idolize Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes- not only for their performance, but also for their physique and muscular image that the average person can only dream of achieving. The everyday athlete can diet and work hard only to fall short of the dream body their idols consistently maintain. The question we often ask is, “How do they do it?” A solution to accomplishing this dream image is called CrossFit training.

Definition of CrossFit

CrossFit is an intense exercise program featuring dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps, and Olympic lifts while using non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlbells, sand-bags, suspension systems or water-filled implements,” American Council on Exercise says.

Despite this type of exercise being incredibly intense, it can be especially rewarding if done correctly. The high intensity of this program is effective because it burns a high number of calories in a short amount of time. Members of the program have compared CrossFit to a “shot of five-hour energy.” One woman said she has “become leaner and stronger in 6 months of doing Crossfit than in 10 years of traditional weight training.”

Why Does CrossFit Work?

CrossFit training is more effective than the average gym session because it is challenging, scaled to your level and is shorter than a typical workout. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to achieve your goals. CrossFit workouts are designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes. “If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature, which can lead to a better response,” CrossFit says.

In addition, workouts are done in a group setting to encourage motivation and healthy competition. CrossFit is compared to circuit programs like P90x. But instead of working out in your own home, you’re in an encouraging setting with a group of people who are trying to reach the same goal as you.

Who Can Participate in CrossFit Workouts?

Even though many experienced athletes are known for taking part in the CrossFit program, it is sculpted for people of all fitness levels. It is “designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience,” CrossFit Inc. states.

Celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Cameron Diaz and Brat Pitt are among many who take part in this fitness program. In addition, police, firefight and military members are also participants of the CrossFit program.

However, CrossFit isn’t just for adults who want to achieve a more sculpted image. It’s a family program in which middle school aged children can be involved in too. CrossFit is “forging the future of fitness” onto teens when they’re young in an effort to help them design and maintain and healthy lifestyle.

Owner of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, said “the program has more than 50 affiliates in 21 states and 5 countries.” CrossFit is located nation-wide and a gym near you can be found at http://map.crossfit.com/.

It is never too late to get fit and never too early to get started. Get motivated and find a gym near you to get involved!

For more on CrossFit and other workouts, visit www.andreametcalf.com

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