CrossFit is a fitness program that is both a lifestyle philosophy and a competitive sport.
It combines aspects of many different training regimens to offer a complete body workout. The main focuses of CrossFit are aerobic exercise, calisthenics, and Olympic weightlifting. The fitness program is targeted toward strength and conditioning, and it’s offered in over 13,000 gyms worldwide.
The Birth of Crossfit
CrossFit was developed by gymnast Greg Glassman. It was officially branded and introduced in 2000 by Glassman and Lauren Jenai. However, it’s beginnings go back as far as the 1970s. Glassman was tired of workout routines that left him feeling unfulfilled and undertrained. He began to experiment with different combinations of exercises and training to develop a workout routine that would result in what he called That Feeling.
Glassman finally reached a combination of exercises that literally caused him to vomit after he was finished. He continued to improve and perfect his new incredibly intense routine over the next decades, and in the 1990s, Glassman was hired to train members of his local police department. Word spread about how effective his methods were and the first CrossFit affiliate was opened in Seattle in 2000.
The Cult of CrossFit
CrossFit’s popularity exploded. The program was used by police departments and military bases in war zones. There were online communities made that were dedicated to the CrossFit movement. The fitness program has introduced specialized seminars that focus on various exercise routines and specific groups of people, like CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Football. There is even a self-defense and striking seminar. Some adaptations of CrossFit offer a workout for pregnant women and seniors.
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You probably already know that, if someone does CrossFit, they will let everyone know. CrossFitters are known to be extremely vocal about the benefits of their lifestyle. Their insistence on spreading the “gospel of CrossFit” gives off cultish vibes, but CrossFitters say that they are no different than proud new parents or superfans of sports team. When you love something, you want to share it with the world.
The Lifestyle of CrossFit
The adoption of the CrossFit workout routine requires changing your entire lifestyle. You are not only introducing a new fitness routine to your life, but you will also adopt a nutritional diet that supports the CrossFit lifestyle. You have to love the program and follow it properly for it to work.
- A 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat macronutrient split
- A diet consisting of whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins
- No processed foods
- No high-glycemic carbohydrates
CrossFit’s diet suggestions are taken from the Zone Diet and the Paleo Diet. Following these eating suggestions and participating in CrossFit exercise will make a huge difference in the way you feel and the way you live.
The Effects of CrossFit
A CrossFit Lifestyle is a complete overhaul your daily routine – but it comes with some amazing benefits. First of all, you will see improvements in your strength and aerobic fitness. Your agility, balance, and flexibility improve, and you are able to lose weight with the steady burning of calories.
However, since CrossFit is an extremely intense workout, it is often the cause of injuries. Some of the most common injuries are lower back pain, both rotator cuff and Achilles tendonitis, knee injuries, and tennis elbow.
If you are a beginner, CrossFit could be too intense of a workout for you. It can cause injury to even the most fit people. Consider training in other ways before starting CrossFit. On the other hand, if your body is more used to intense exercise, CrossFit can take your fitness to the next level.