Get Ready to Sweat
Crossfit: The increasingly popular, high intensity workout
Do you ever get bored with running on the treadmill? Are you tired of your dead end workout plan? I know I am. What if there was an alternative to boring workouts and feeling like you’re not gaining the results that you want? There is! The answer is CrossFit.
If you work out regularly, you can’t avoid it. The popularity of this high intensity workout is growing.
Learn the Crossfit Lingo
3 terms you’ll hear when you speak the Crossfitters language:
- A Box – No, it’s not a type of storage unit. A box is a gym that specializes in Crossfit.
- WOD – In case you thought you were only going to be working out occasionally, the Workout of the Day is posted every day on the Crossfit website.
- AMRAP – This stands for as many reps or rounds as possible. You didn’t actually think you would just do the workouts one time did you?
Crossfit provides a great total body workout, but joining a CrossFit gym can be expensive. Luckily, there are other options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Most CrossFit workouts can be done at these alternative places:
- Your local gym
- A park
- At home (yes, even there!)
Research local gyms in your area to find out if they offer discounts or free trial periods for new members. I found that my local gym has everything I need to do the workouts!
Park workouts are a new trend where Crossfitters meet outside and use park benches, monkey bars, and their own body weight. This is a great way to get your workout in and enjoy the fresh air with friends and maybe make a few new ones!
Some local parks that offer fitness trails include:
- MCH Fitness Trail in Peterborough, NH
- Goodwin Park Exercise Trail in Lebanon, NH
- Stratham Hill Park Eagle Trail in Stratham, NH
Check out the CrossFit website for the free WOD. Many exercises don’t require special equipment. You’ll be able to do them right in the comfort of your own home. Remember to do modifications based on your fitness level. This helps avoid injuries.
Workout of the Day
CrossFit is a combination of weights, cardio, and Calisthenics to build strength. Workouts may include exercises such as burpees, box jumps, lunges, and deadlifts. Check out this link for a complete list of Crossfit exercises from the official Crossfit website.
Every workout is different. This is why each workout has its own name. The average workout is only 20 minutes in length.
The CrossFit WOD will have a name and recommendations for the amount of time and reps you should spend on each exercise.
Health and fitness is fun when you find the workout that’s right for you. Stay physically and financially healthy by exercising without breaking the bank.
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