CrossFit’s 4-Minute Mile: What self-belief in sport can achieve
CrossFit is a fitness system developed by Greg Glassman and Mike Bickle. Its main goal is to improve health and performance through resistance exercise. The name “crossfit” comes from the fact that it combines elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, running, swimming, rowing and other sports. The movement patterns are similar to those found in various Olympic sports like track & field or sprinting events.
The basic idea behind CrossFit is to perform exercises with high intensity for short periods of time. Some of these movements include pushups, pull ups, squats, lunges and crunches.
Other movements include jumping jacks, burpees and kettlebell swings. There are many variations of each exercise; however most exercises have some form of rest period between sets (or reps). These rest periods allow the body to recover from the workout before attempting another set or rep.
There are two components to CrossFit training: the actual workouts themselves and the programming. The workouts themselves consist of a series of exercises performed at progressively higher intensities.
Each workout consists of three parts: warm up, cool down and a variety of special exercises. Special exercises are any exercise not included in the regular workout routine. They may be used for improving athletic ability or they may be done just for fun. Cool down exercises may be done to help the body recover from intense workouts. A typical cool down may consist of light jogging or other low impact exercises for 5 to 10 minutes.
One of the main goals of CrossFit is increasing work capacity across broad time and modal domains. In simple terms, this means you should be able to perform well in any situation or event.
This is why most CrossFit workouts involve some sort of short burst of energy followed by a short period of rest.
Crossfit training is not always easy and can sometimes lead to injury or repetitive stress injuries. To prevent such problems, it is important to have a good understanding of proper form.
Many “injury prone” people have found that crossfit training has made them less prone to injury since it increases their overall muscle mass and work capacity.
The best way to start off with CrossFit is to first learn correct form for the various movements. There are several online resources for learning proper form.
Once you have a good grasp of the form, you can start taking part in actual CrossFit training sessions. The best way to get started is to go with an experienced friend who can help you through the session.
As far as programming your own Crossfit workout is concerned, it is generally considered easier than figuring out a strength routine. Many resources are available on the internet, including video tutorials and forums where you can interact with other Crossfitters.
Getting started in Crossfit can be a big commitment, especially if you are working out alone. Many box (gym) offer classes so you can get proper instruction.
These classes will help you learn the ropes and prepare you for working out on your own. You can also hire a personal trainer who can give you one on one training and explain things to you at your pace.
You can also buy books such as the “Girls Gone Strong” series, which provide step by step instruction for various exercises and workouts. Such books will allow you to properly perform Crossfit routines and learn new techniques while working out from the safety of your home.
Some people may believe that Crossfit is only for the super-fit and in some cases this may be true; however, anyone of any age or fitness level can take part in Crossfit. As long as you start slowly and learn the proper techniques, you can safely take part in Crossfit and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.
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