What Is CrossFit?


What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program. It consists mainly of body weight exercises, aerobic exercises and Olympic weigh lifting. Many police and military units use this program, but it is something that anyone can do.

The basis of a CrossFit workout is the Workout Of the Day (WOD). These daily changing workout keep it both challenging and interesting, while working towards all-round fitness. The performance on each WOD is scored in order to track individual performance. While friendly competition is bound to happen (its fun!), it is encouraged to work to your own level, improving but not risking injury.

CrossFit appeals to both men and women alike and a recent statistical analysis showed that CrossFit participants were almost equally 50% male and 50% female.

Why Should I try it?

CrossFit is never boring! The WODs cycle so you never do the same thing twice in a row.
CrossFit is never lonely! Although you are doing individual exercises and tracking your personal achievements, you are with a group of people doing the same thing. Like aerobics…but better!
CrossFit is strength! Its an amazing feeling to lift that Olympic bar over your head.

Cost and Equipment.

While you can do CrossFit on your own, it is way more enjoyable to join a Crossfit Box (gym). So the cost equals the monthly membership cost of your chosen gym. Prices vary, but it is usually more costly than a typical gym membership. My local box charges $160/month, but that includes unlimited classes. Also, unlike lifting weights solo, the instructor comes around and adjusts your form. Which can be key to avoiding injury. So it kind of like having a personal trainer and a bunch of friends to work out with, all at the same time!

Still not sure if its for you? Check out the CrossFit stories in our RealGrrrls section!

About the author

Ginger Nasser

Ginger Nasser

Wife and mother of two, she has found a new passion for physical activity! As a young girl, she wasn't attracted to athletics. When she got older she realized it wasn't the athletic part of the activities she didn't like, it was the activities themselves! She needed a bit of adrenaline to keep her interest.
5 years ago she discovered mountain biking, followed quickly by adventure running and CrossFit. And she hasn't looked back! She hopes you will join her on a journey to help more women find it in themselves to try these things too!

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