When somebody mentions health and fitness, the first thing that comes to mind is exercise. CrossFit exercise workouts involve various normal everyday functional movements being done repeatedly at a high intensity. CrossFit began in the early 2000s as a training program for police, firemen and the military but has since gained popularity in the fitness world.
Training programs to help you work out can be found online, or you could download some fitness apps if you prefer to be mobile. There are nine fundamental movements in CrossFit exercises that these programs can help you with.
These exercises are key to health and fitness because they help to build muscle faster and keeps one in top shape. CrossFit is usually referred to as ‘the sport of fitness’ and it revolves around seven essential principles.
This refers to the ability of the body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen. Endurance helps you to maintain a certain pace for a long period of time. CrossFit workouts help to build your endurance levels through workouts that increase the heart rate to between sixty to eighty percent of your maximum and then keep it there for a while.
This refers to the capacity of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy. This basically means that you are able to keep going at something when most people (including your old unconditioned self) would simply just tire out. Stamina is built by regularly doing about fifty to one hundred repetitions of a particular exercise.
Strength refers to the capacity of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units to apply force. Strength is built by weight resistance. In CrossFit, this weight resistance is provided by the body. The workouts do not require physical weights though some people may choose to use them.
Flexibility refers to the capacity to maximize the range of motion at a given joint. This kind of mobility is pivotal for joint and muscle health. CrossFit provides an exercise regimen that will help you increase your flexibility.
Speed is the capacity to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement. Speed drills involve things like sprints and ‘every minute on the minute’ (or EMOM) drills which help you learn to perform a minimum number of repetitions with very little rest between sets.
Power is the ability to get something done. It is the capacity of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time. CrossFit helps increase your ability to produce power that is, to get things done, ‘hard and fast’. The exercises involve movements that train your muscles to react and fire with speed.
Accuracy is the capacity to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity. It is important especially for sport-specific athletes and includes exercises like throwing wall balls, where you ensure that your ball hits the target every time it is going up.
CrossFit has all-around benefits not only for the body but for the mind as well. The more you work out, the more you will improve on all the above skills. The greater your competence in all the above skills, the fitter you will be and the ultimate result will be your better overall health.
What are you waiting for? Get moving!