I have been crossfitting for about a year and a half now, and it has been an awesome experience so far. I have been able to set and reach a lot of physical goals in that time, lifting a whole lot more weight than I ever thought possible!
So why is crossfit? It is a workout movement that revolves around high intensity training, with varying workouts every day. Crossfit gyms are popping up everywhere and they are all franchised. Gym owners make up their own work outs among a group of movements– they include some cardio, skill movements, and weightlifting.
Yesterday was the beginning of the Crossfit games, which is always fun to watch. The caliber at which these athletes compete is incredible! And watching very chiseled men compete shirtless does not hurt either!
To learn about crossfit and to find your closest gym, go to their main website
These are some of my best achievements so far:
180 lb deadlift
160lb back squat
110 lb clean and jerk
Toes to bar (hang on a pull up bar and touch your toes to the bar)
One arm hand stand
Crossfit shoes are also important since the workout is so varied. The best kinds in my opinion are those that favor the barefoot run. While I do have a pair of vibram five fingers, they were still too weird to wear. My first shoe was the Nike free run, which is really good for versatile cardio movements but not so great for lifting and jump rope (the cable gets caught in the sole).
My next pair is the New Balance Minimus. These were awesome for lifting and any skill workouts (pull ups, push ups) but not so great for running. They are made with the Vibram sole, but without the weird look.
My most current show are the Inov8 f-lite 230. These are a crossfit cult shoe, rarely known but widely used. I consider them a hybrid between the two, for workouts that are both cardio and lifting. The crazier the colors, the better.
Sometime next week I’ll post some of my favorite workout outfits!