Andy our Massage therapist here at Back2Balance talks about what CrossFit is and outlines what a CrossFit session would normally look like.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is constantly varied functional movement done at high intensity. The constant variation provides a different stimulus for the body each session. Which results in a constant increase in fitness levels.
Both myself and Megan are Cross Fit junkies. It is a great outlet for our competitive side. There are CrossFit games in which the top athletes from around the world compete for the title of the fittest.
In fact Megan our Osteopath recently travelled to Las Vegas to take part in a competition called the Hyrox Fitness Championships.
Due to its broad base in different exercise modalities you need to learn to be able to do everything from Olympic, lifting, gymnastics to running and swimming.
Traditionally CrossFit is done in a class or group. This makes it quite competitive as each person will push that bit more if their mate is slightly ahead or faster.
CrossFit for fitness would traditionally have a skill portion to start with followed by a WOD (workout of the day). These WOD’s vary in their degrees of toughness. The most intense named hero WODs. WODs are named after a military or emergency personnel who lost their lives in service either in conflict or emergency rescues.
One of the most famous is called Murph, after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28th 2005.
This hero WOD consists of:
- 1 mile run
- 100 pull ups
- 200 push ups
- 300 air squats
All wearing a weighted vest. It is always done on memorial day in America as a way of paying tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by this man.
The work out or WOD can be very tough which brings in another aspect of the CrossFit community. In all the suffering together it builds great comradery and the class will cheer each other to the finish line.
Just a little introduction into the sport of CrossFit!