by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
In 2000, the fitness company known as CrossFit Inc., was founded by Greg Glassman (with Lauren Glassman). Approximately 6,100 members of affiliated gyms have put into practice CrossFit’s exercise program. Most of these gyms are located across the United States. It is practiced by individuals that carry out the daily workouts posted on the company’s website or workouts prescribed by an instructor at an affiliated gym.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program built to help people obtain a broad and general fitness for their everyday living. CrossFit programming focuses on constantly varied functional movements practiced at a high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any daily physical challenges.
CrossFit consists of a mix of aerobic exercises, body weight exercises, gymnastics, and Olympic weight lifting. All to improve fitness and therefore physical preparedness that defines the work capacity across broad time and modal domains.
Workouts are mainly 30 mintues long, but very intense and demands a all-out physical exertion.
Combined movements such as sprinting, rowing, jumping rope, climbing rope, flipping tires, weightlifting, carrying heavy objects, and many bodyweight exercises are the main course of this fitness trend. The usual equipment used includes barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and boxes for box jumps. Objects we are all sure to have used in the park or the school gym as a child. So, it may not be that difficult to get familiar with the playground toys.
These objects are mixed in many combinations to create prescribed (Workouts of the Day), also known as, (WODs). An hour-long class at affiliated gyms, normally involve a warm-up, a skill development segment, the high-intensity WOD, and a period of individual or group stretching, which is always the most important thing to remember to do before practicing any exercise! Performance on each WOD is often scored to encourage competition and to evaluate an individual’s progress. Some affiliates offer extra classes, such as Olympic weightlifting, which are not centered around a WOD. CrossFit’s aim is to physically prepare people for whatever life may throw at them. It is not about keeping up with a normal routine, but about constantly changing workouts.
Many fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and military organizations including the Royal Danish Life Guards, as well as some U.S. and Canadian high school physical education teachers, high school and college sports teams, and the Miami Marlins baseball team use CrossFit in their daily workout routines. There are also other specialized adaptations. Such as a program for pregnant women, seniors, and military special operations candidates.
CrossFit games are being held every summer. Games in which a $250,000 prize money is awarded to the first place male and female. What a great way to be motivated, don’t you think?! Can you not picture it? You resting on a pile of $250,000 with a physically toned, buffed, and fit body after a nice workout! Sounds nice, huh?! I think it is time we stop letting it sound nice and make it look nice!
CrossFit’s games reach just about every corner of the world and the program is constantly growing to be the top fitness trend worldwide. A “CrossFit Open” was created and adopted by the Games in 2011, during which a workout is released each week online. Atheltes have several days to accomplish the workout and hand it in with either a video or validation by a CrossFit affiliate. The top CrossFit Open performers in each region advance to the regional events, held over the next two months. As of 2013 there are 17 regional divisions, including 12 in North America (North West, Canada West, Canada East, North Central, Central East, North East, Mid Atlantic, South East, South Central, South West, Southern California, and Northern California), and five in the rest of the world (Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia). The top athletes (up to 3 of each gender) from each region are eligible to compete in the CrossFit Games.
Since this new fitness trend was invented by Greg Glassman, it has brought life to its participants for a greater and fit self. So, take this challenge on by its horns and prepare yourself for what you were born to do!