The cold weather’s coming whether we like it or not, and the river region’s fun sports and gorgeous hikes are gonna have to go on the back burner for now. So what’s the plan? How are you going to keep yourself fit enough to hit the trails and river like you mean it come spring?
Along with the Paleo diet, CrossFit is the lifestyle buzzword of the year. Used for strength and conditioning by many police academies, tactical operations teams, military, martial artists and hundreds of elite professional athletes, Crossfit is an all-round, non-specializing and hardcore path to general fitness.
Whether you’re a grandparent who has never worked out, or an elite mountainbiker, the day’s circuit is the same for everyone – the only variable is how intensely you are able to do it. CrossFit programs are inclusive and general. This is based on the idea that in nature, being a generalist is rewarded over being a specialist – you’re more likely than a specialist to survive in combat, many sports, and life if you have a high level of overall fitness and your body’s flexible and adapts easily.
The workouts may be the same for everyone, but you personalize them – they are scalable by load and intensity, according to your fitness level and abilities. So anyone who’s committed to their fitness, regardless of where they start, can find their best fitness through CrossFit.
My goal isn’t just to tone up, I need to loose a bit of weight, so I’m pairing up my workout and low carb diet with a pre-workout metabolism booster Capsiplex Sport, to boost my energy and hopefully get faster results.
What Happens in a CrossFit Class?
If you’re new to CrossFit, you should sign up for a fundamentals class, where you’ll get an intro to the gym, and go through the basic philosophy of CrossFit – ie that the movements are functional, vary constantly, and are done at a high intensity.
A regular class is set up as a circuit with stations that change daily – from the simple: boxes to jump on, kettlebells, bars and balls to throw around, row or curl, rowing machines, to the sublime: battle ropes and tractor tires.
A clock on the wall counts down 60 second intervals, after which you switch to the next station. You keep up that intensity for 12 minutes, then you’re done.
The atmosphere is intense too, with lots of shouting and cheering, and at the end of it all you tally up your scores as a group to add an element of competitiveness that’s designed to push you to achieve your goals.
You really can’t get a faster, more intense workout, and along with the competitive camaraderie and support this is what keeps CrossFitters coming back day after day.
If you think Crossfit just might be your thing this winter, check out Newcov CrossFit in Newport. They have a free Saturday at noon class for newbies (with babysitting!), or if Downtown ‘Nati’s your jam give Queen City CrossFit a try. They have a kick-ass culture and are open till 12.30 AM!
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