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what is crossfit
what is crossfit
Why it works
why it works
Everyone does the same workout-of-the-day (WOD), but everyone is at different levels of technical ability and strength. It doesn’t matter where you’re at, because each activity can be modified. For example, if you can’t do a pull-up, you can stand on a box and do jumping pull-ups, or add an elastic band to help pull you upward.
Because the daily WOD is posted for the whole gym, the responsibility for coming up with an effective workout is removed from the individual. You can show up and do the work without thinking about it, which is hugely helpful for someone new to the gym world. The WODs usually have time caps or a pre-determined amount of work that should be completed before you quit, which means the end is always in sight.
In the gym, we may call refer to movements as “deadlifts”, “clean and jerks”, “front and back squats”, etc. But what we’re really talking about are the movements we use in our lives in day to day activities. Whether it’s picking up child, hauling a bag of dog food, or thrusting something up onto a top shelf, these lifts are at the core of all we do day in and day out.
When you like the people with you workout with, it’s easy to keep going back. The community aspect of CrossFit has huge appeal because you’re all doing the same WODs together and it creates an atmosphere of friendly competition. People hold each other accountable and cheer each other on, unlike in a regular gym where everyone does their own solitary thing.
You won’t know if you love or hate it until you’ve tried it, so why not give it a shot? 2019 may be your year to get in shape like never before, and CrossFit can definitely help you do that.