Improved Fitness via Functional Training
CrossFit has a strong emphasis on functional strength training. Functional training is the idea that the exercises we do in the gym should mimic the movements we make every day such as picking up children or moving boxes.
Gym exercises such as barbell curls will never be functional like that “ but they provide you with strength and muscular development just the same.
CrossFit exercises, on the other hand, work more like functional training: they concentrate on your core, they focus on compound movements that require whole body activity and they try to develop balance and mobility.
CrossFit can be highly effective at improving functional fitness. It works with a combination of strength training and cardiovascular workouts to hone in on your weaknesses. This combination leads to ultimate fitness and strength.
The seemingly random mixture of exercises from CrossFit also works to hone in on your strengths during the exercises. The variety of movements makes it hard to use momentum to complete an exercise. You have to pay attention to the quality of each movement, making you increase the quality of the reps you do.
CrossFit conditions your body for a lifetime of athletic performance. It achieves this by developing whole body strength in its athletes.
It can be overwhelming at first to make use of the free-weights area or the pull-up bar. It can be hard to know where to start!
Improved Mental Resolve
CrossFit is strenuous, so you can burn calories for the next several days after a good session. That’s the obvious reward. But what also exists when you perform well in an intense workout is a mental state akin to self-consciousness. You’re aware of what your body is capable of, so you can control it and get the maximum benefit from your exercise.
Oftentimes, your mind is more amazing than your body. You can convince yourself to stop when you’re already tired, or give up when you’re only halfway into a workout and you say to yourself that you can’t do it. That’s where mental resolve kicks in, and you push through the burn and feel fully accomplished when you complete that final exercise.
The benefit of that mental strength is that it follows you through your everyday life. If you train your body to be stronger and more agile, your mind is trained to be stronger and more resilient so you can take on greater challenges.
As someone with greater control over your thoughts, actions, and physical capabilities, you’ll be richer in every aspect of your life.
It’s about the Community
Just like any physical activity, occasionally you feel burnt out or tired. But, with CrossFit, you won’t have to worry about that, because there are no barriers to train.
CrossFit doesn’t have any barriers to entry. It’s open to anyone, and anyone can join. No matter your age, gender, or anything else, anyone can join the community. It’s a welcoming environment that provides a place for people to work on their fitness.
CrossFit has done a great job creating this collaborative environment among its members. With a few simple expectations, they have people working together as peers to reach a shared goal, and push each other to be better.
So there you have it!
From professional athletes to ordinary people at the gym, CrossFit has proven to be the ultimate form of fitness for both the professional and novice athletes. It gives you the upper edge when it comes to cardio fitness, strength and endurance.
Does that mean there’s no room for CrossFit? No way! There´s actually a place for CrossFit in every fitness routine out there. But there are also other ways you can obtain the same level of intensity from CrossFit, just as long as you make it manageable. So if you’re interested in trying out CrossFit, make sure you stick to the core tenants of working out.
But if you can’t do CrossFit, you can still take advantage of its many benefits. Here’s a list of what CrossFit will do to your body.
CrossFit will boost your cardiovascular system up a notch. It will make your heart stronger and stronger each time you work out. It will also be more resilient to stress.
CrossFit will significantly help improve your endurance while increasing your muscle tone. You will be able to stay strong and fast from a lower heart rate.
CrossFit will also make your body more lean, especially around your waist. It will also decrease your body fat and help increase your lean muscle mass.