What is CrossFit?
"CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains," says founder Greg Glassman. Those domains are: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. If your goal is to specialize and compete in one sport, then CrossFit isn't for you. Instead, the goal of the CrossFitter is to become "competent" in all 10 domains.
CrossFit athletes run, row, skip, climb rope and carry odd objects. They frequently move large loads quickly over long distances, using powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. CrossFit athletes also use dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and many bodyweight exercises.
Standard equipment of a CrossFit gym inlcudes: bumper plates, Olympic bars, kettlebells, dumbbells, gymnastic rings, climbing ropes, tractor tires, bands, Concept II rowers, medicine balls, pull-up bars.
Benefits of CrossFit Workout Routine
The CrossFit workout session involves interval training, i.e., high intensity exercises followed by low intensity exercise which provides a complete cardiovascular workout that helps in burning more calories in a less span of time. Hence, one doesn't have to spend hours exercising, as a typical CrossFit workout routine usually lasts for 20 to 30 minutes. As it provides a complete body workout, the routine helps in losing weight fast as well as toning the body. Another attractive feature is that each routine involves a variety of exercise, hence, one can't get bored of it. Also for doing these exercises, no special exercise equipments are required. Hence, once you have mastered the routine, you need not have to go to a gym and can do it easily at home.