What's New in Health and Fitness: CrossFit
CrossFit workouts can help sculpt and tone your body.
It may seem as though CrossFit is the newest craze to hit the fitness industry, but it’s actually been around for quite a while. Do you remember the training scene in “G. I. Jane?” The workout that pushed Demi Moore’s character to the limit was CrossFit!
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that’s typically reserved for the military, professional athletes, and many police academies. But don’t let that dissuade you from trying it out. Workout enthusiasts of all fitness levels can reap the benefits of this intense exercise program. “I’ve been practicing CrossFit for a year now,” says Noe Avalos, owner and operator of Empathik Clothing. “I now feel more challenged, leaner, stronger, and my cardio endurance has improved.”
CrossFit is meant to challenge your body with natural movements like running, jumping, climbing, throwing, and catching. We reached out to personal trainer Frank Fuentes to get the facts about this workout, as well as his personal take on the merits of CrossFit.
Tell me a little bit about CrossFit.
Frank Fuentes: Most workouts are couplets of two or three exercises blended together in various combinations. You perform a timed WOD (workout of the day) and the goal is to improve your speed each time you repeat the workout.
What are the benefits to CrossFit?
Fuentes: When you train with CrossFit your training is never the same. Your body doesn’t get used to one regimen and you become extremely conditioned.
What are the misconceptions of CrossFit?
Fuentes: The most frequent concerns I hear are that you need to be in great shape prior to starting CrossFit, that CrossFit is dangerous, and that CrossFitters don’t care about technique.
In my opinion none of these views are completely accurate. The general premise of CrossFit is that the training is scaled to the needs of the individual and varies in degree.
Is it dangerous? Just like anything else in life, it can be. The important thing is to take your time and practice, practice, practice the different techniques so you can master different movements and take care of your body.
What’s your advice for people who are thinking of getting into CrossFit?
Fuentes: My advice is to visit your local CrossFit gym. A trainer will allow you to practice the main CrossFit movements before allowing you to take a class and complete a WOD. Observe, learn, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
What do you love about CrossFit?
Marina Sandoval is a multimedia freelancer and a writer for The Cheesecake Factory's internal media.
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