Let’s Talk About CrossFit.
Let’s talk about this:
So hawwwwwt, I know.
Let’s Talk About CrossFit
Why? Because I remember oh-so-very well reading that little word, “CrossFit,” on many-a-blogs, seeing it in articles, on TV, and on passerby’s Tshirts, and yet I had absolutely zero-zip-zilch idea what it was.
Sure, it was something to do with sweating. Yup, it looked hard. Yarrrr, it sounded pricey. And damn straight you better believe I assumed there was no-way-jose I’d ever be able to do it.
False Liz False.
But first, let’s start at the beginning:
So, What exactly IS CrossFit?
Simply put: think of a bootcamp, a bootcamp where you show up a few times a week and written on a board is a different, random workout. Every time you show up, the workout is a different length (approx 8 min to 1h. the majority are 20 minutes) and/or a different type of workout (cardio, strength, gymnastics or a combination of the 3 - but don’t let the gymnastics part scare you).
So there you are. At your “CrossFit bootcamp” reading the WOD (Workout of the Day) on the board. And suppose it’s something like this:
Looks daunting, doesn’t it? Firstly, “Kelly” is just the name of the workout (WOD). As I’ve mentioned before, CrossFit Headquarters names their universal workouts, which means the workout of “Kelly” is this exact CrossFit workout anywhere in the world.
And secondly, “China Town Run” is just the lingo my CrossFit uses as we use Melbourne’s actual China Town to run through, so just know: China Town Run = 800m run.
So back to you standing there staring at the board. You know it’s Kelly, and you read “5 Rounds For Time,” which means exactly what it says; you’ll finish this workout once you’ve done 5 rounds of an: 800m run | 30 Box Jumps (24” = ideal male height / 18” = ideal female height) and then 30 Wall Balls (male/female weights).
Now if you don’t know what the actual movements are (don’t fret - most people don’t), you’ll be TOLD and SHOWN. That’s the beauty of CrossFit; at the beginning of each and every single workout the Coach will DEMONSTRATE the movements for you. So never worry about not knowing what to do, or feeling stupid. (Everyone started somewhere!)
And yea, I know what you’re thinking, but nope. There is no way you’re too unfit/fat/weak/uncoordinated to do CrossFit <— ANOTHER GLORIOUS DETAIL ABOUT IT.
**Every single movement in CrossFit can be “scaled” to your ability. EVERY SINGLE ONE**
Let’s do another example, shall we?
This is another Universal WOD called “Elizabeth” (it was done in the 2012 CrossFit games in just over 2 minutes by the winner!!! I do it in about 18 minutes). It’s rather simple if you’re told, but makes no sense if you’re not:
21-15-9 is a very common type of CrossFit workout. And it simply means you do 21 of the first movement listed, then 21 of the second, then 15 of the first, then 15 of the second, and finally 9 of the first, 9 of the second, and then you grab your time and you’re done! Yea, I too had no clue what a “squat clean” is, but I learned, and you can too - promise.
Other popular terms you’ll see on my CrossFit photos are “AMRAP” which stands for As Many Rounds As Possible in, perhaps, 20 minutes. (They’re my favourite).
But sometimes you rock up to CrossFit and it’s simply “150 burpees,” or “400 metres of walking lunges,” or “row for 1 minutes. 8 times,” or “Find your max back squat/front squat.” They’re evil workouts, but that’s the point of working out, right? PUSHING YOURSELF.
So, hope that clears some of my confusing photos up for you. So next, very important question:
Will CrossFit make you lose weight?
You can’t out exercise a bad diet and,
You lose weight in the kitchen, you get fit in the gym.
So yup. Know that. Believe that. Remember that. CrossFit and exercise aren’t the magic beans to weight loss - the magic beans will always be having a balanced lifestyle ‘n what not, but CrossFit WILL make you fitter & stronger & give you a sexy strut of confidence as you walk down the street. GUARANTEED! :)
I wanted to write this post because CrossFit has changed my life. It’s given me a ridiculous number of friends, (seriously, the community CrossFit embodies is super-duper (oh yes, I just said ‘duper’) awesome (proof), and so much more confidence it’s hard do put into words…
Instead of sucking in when I cross a road with cars staring at me, I think to myself, “whatever, I can deadlift 220 pounds” and I hold my head up high, and get on with my day (as the person in the car didn’t even notice me, but that’s neither here nor there).
So yup. I guess I was just thinking if there is anyone who is looking for an awesome new 2013 goal, I would highly recommend CrossFit. I know it’s pricey, but it truly is the most amazing, challenging, hard, yet fun workout I’ve ever found, and one that I just want to do again & again & again, and share with everybody I can (YOU!).