CrossFit is a high impact workout unlike anything else. In this edition of Wellness, Jill Urban takes a look at the newest fitness craze.
"So CrossFit is a group workout where we take the kinds of movements you do in the real world and bring that into the gym. We don’t have machines, instead you are picking stuff up, moving stuff around, moving yourself around, and that translates better into the real world," said Joshua Newman, a co-founder of CrossFit NYC.
Small group classes engage in short duration, high intensity workouts that incorporate weight training, cardio, gymnastics, and calisthenics. It is anything you can think of to engage every muscle.
Several classes are held at once, and a level of competition helps push people to their max.
"We put a score on almost everything we do and it turns out, if you put even an arbitrary scoring system on a workout, people will push themselves harder, even in a friendly competitive way," explained Newman. "So if you are working out and going head to head with some friends, you stop, they are still going and you think 'I’ve got to pick up that bar and get going'."
Points not only measure placement in the competition, but also serve as a benchmark for measuring progress over time.
Aside from the intense workout, many people are also drawn to the community of CrossFit . Unlike a traditional gym there is a sense of camaraderie here that keeps people coming back
"There is something that happens when you are all working and suffering together. I have never been in the military, but I assume it’s a similar sort of bond, but when you are suffering next to some one and sweating, and you are at your worst, and other people will help you through, that’s where the real bonds are formed," said Sophia Bishop, a class participant.
Those bonds exists outside class as well. There is an organized schedule of activities that keeps people connected even when they are not working out. CrossFit currently has thousands of studios throughout the country and membership averages 200 per month, depending on the location.
People who participant in CrossFit says it becomes a healthy obsession.
"I just love it. It’s great, it’s different every day and you get your butt kicked every single day," said Nick Ross, a class participant.
If you are looking for a good, motivating, butt kicking workout, CrossFit may be the perfect new workout for you.