It’s about a year now since my first class in crossfit. And it’s still as exciting as day one! maybe more! amazinggg.
Crossfit is considerably new to bali gym market, even till now, about 4 years after the 1st crossfit box opened here, most gym addict has no clue about it.Everytime I was asked what is crossfit, I hardly can explain it, because I don’t really know it myself! After reading some crossfit journal, I got a better understanding what I’ve been doing every morning. Please note that I am not an athlete, just an ordinary 40 years old guy who wants to be always fit.
So what the fak is crossfit? my definition of crossfit is a sport that makes me to another level of fitness. What do I mean by another level of fitness then? I used to run, cycle, swim, cardio classes. I was at first level of fitness (just my terminology). I was good of what I trained. But what about things or tasks that I don’t normally train? I just couldn’t do well in any other exercises. I couldn’t pull myself up. I was really suck in push up. Lifting heavy stuff? forget it!
Crossfit, on the other hand, takes me to another level of fitness. I am able to do any related fitness tasks quite well. YES I mean ANY! And suprisingly, I am doing better in running, cycling, swimming, cardio classes than what I used to be. You might wonder, how is this possible? What are you actually doing in crossfit?
Backed by science, all work outs in crossfit are focusing towards this fitness level. Fit in crossfit is being able to do any unknown tasks well. Please note that the goal is the fitness level, NOT the muscle size as so many people got this wrong. The main work out can be divided into 3 main categories: weight-lifting, gymnastic and cardio.
Weightlifting includes clean, jerk, snatch, squat and deadlift have been scientifically proven change our body hormonally and neurologically. Weightlifting also improves the power, strength and speed. Gymnastic such as pull-up, push-up, handstand (walk), muscle up, rope climb, improves the body control, flexibility, balance and coordination. Cardio, mostly involves short sprint and interval training, improves the cardiovascular and stamina. Crossfit combines these three and put them to so called WOD: workout of the day. As you can see, crossfit trains all area that you need to be in another level of fitness!