CrossFit is defined on Wikipedia as: a strength and conditioning routine that combines weightlifting, gymnastics, powerlifting, sprinting and rowing. The CrossFit program consists of “constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement. These varied workouts often consist of a group 15 minute warm up, followed by a WOD (workout of the day) ending with stretching and foam rolling.
Many of my friends, colleagues, etc question many facets of the program. What do you DO exactly? Are the coaches certified? Where do you go? How much does it cost? Let me break down my experience for you based on these various questions.
What do you DO exactly? As I mentioned above, workouts often consist of a warm up, workout of the day and stretching session. Not every workout of the day is a strength session of huge weights, as a matter of fact, many of my harder workouts were a combination of weights (like kettleball lunges) and cardio (burpees anyone?). I walk out of the sessions tired but not ‘beat up’ like I often feel after a long run during marathon training sessions.
Where do you go? I believe one of the best parts about CrossFit is that decentralized. In my area (the greater Philadelphia area) alone there are 5 CrossFit boxes within a 5 minute- hour drive of my house. For me, my gym is a quick 10 minute drive and it makes it easy to get my butt in the box at 6 AM. (It’s also easy for me to bail at 5:30 AM)
How much does it cost? The cost to be a part of CrossFit varies from box to box. I am fortunate that my home box offers a free 2-week trial. The CrossFit in the Savannah area offers every Saturday as open gyms for free. Your best option is to google CrossFit in your area, call and inquire about pricing. Since the boxes are individually owned, their policy and flexibility in cost varies from location to location. Now that my two weeks has expired, I opted for the $130 10-class pass. Because of a hectic schedule, it allows me to hit at least one session a week and get a lot of bang for my buck.
CrossFit is more than an exercise routine; it’s about adopting a new lifestyle. The groups focus on the importance of physical fitness but also the importance of diet to fuel your workout. This is the first fitness community that I have joined where they work hard to educate their participants, encourage each other, and truly do not compete during routine sessions. If you are interested in giving it a try, please feel free to email me with any questions you may have! I will be keeping you all posted as my progress continues!
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Question of the Day: What are your impressions of CrossFit? Would you ever consider giving it a try?