Crossfit workouts are an extreme fitness regime designed to improve fitness and overall physical condition. I am by no means a crossfit expert, but I do have a friend who is a dedicated crossfit fanatic and can provide you with any information regarding crossfit you need.
Having said that, I have tried crossfit workouts before and will provide you with a brief overview and how
it can help you lose weight.
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I'll give you the Wikipedia version of crossfit and then tell you about my experience and my friend's experience.
Wikipedia describes crossfit as follows... "CrossFit describes its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement," with the stated goal of improving fitness (and therefore general physical preparedness), which it defines as "work capacity across broad time and modal domains." Workouts are typically short—20 minutes or less—and intense, demanding all-out physical exertion. They combine movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, weightlifting, and carrying odd objects; they use barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and many bodyweight exercises. These elements are mixed in numerous combinations to form prescribed "Workouts of the Day" or "WODs". Hour-long classes at affiliated gyms, or "boxes," typically include a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching. Performance on each WOD is often scored and/or ranked to encourage competition and to track individual progress. Some affiliates offer additional classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, which are not centered around a WOD."
My wife and I went to a crossfit gym a few years ago to try it out and see what a membership would cost. One of the trainers put us through a "trial" workout and explained the details of a crossfit gym. I was exhausted after that workout, in fact I almost threw up. The funny thing is, he only made us do squats, pullups, pushups, and situps, but it was completed at a fast pace and the intensity was through the roof.
Crossfit Workouts Will Help You Lose Weight and Get in Shape
There is no doubt that crossfit will help you lose weight. The workouts are intense, there is an emphasis on group workouts which builds camaraderie and improves the likelihood of success, and the workouts are very efficient in that they will build muscle and give you cardiovascular stamina all at the same time.
There are two major downsides to crossfit though. First, the movements can be complex and too intense for the average person. For example, a simple crossfit exercise is the rope climb. For someone who can actually DO a ropeclimb, this is a good exercise, but the average person can't. For better results, the average person should do more simple exercises like those I promote with CardioBuild.
Another complex crossfit exercise example is called muscle ups. True to its name, its a great muscle building movement, but to the average person, just too complex. It consists of hanging from two rings (like those used in gymnastics), and through a complex coordinated movement, propelling your body from a hanging position to the final position with the rings below your torso as your arms are straight, supporting you above the rings. You can consider it a full body dip. Again, too complex for the average person.
The other major downside to crossfit is the price. I've visited 3 different crossfit gyms for trial workouts, and each one quoted the membership as over $100 a month. And thats being generous, most will cost even more. Again, not very practical for the average person.
Having said that though, the pros outweigh the cons if you can afford the price and are athletic enough to endure some complex movements.
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