TRY CROSSFIT AND TEST YOURSELF IN NEW WAYS
CrossFit is for individuals who love a challenge, get bored by traditional routines, and enjoy learning new skills and want to look good, feel great and take pride in their health and fitness. It uses functional full body exercises from weightlifting and gymnastics, alongside running, swimming and many other disciplines.
In short, CrossFit is a type of training that will make you stronger, fitter, tougher, more toned and build muscle across a wide range of different exercises. It uses varying degrees of intensity and timing in order to test your body in different ways.
SO WHAT DOES A CROSSFIT WORKOUT LOOK LIKE?
A typical CrossFit workout consists of a warm up, a skill/strength part and the workout of the day.
This will get you ready for the coming workout, get your blood pumping and your heart rate up.
SKILL / STRENGTH WORK
This section normally concentrates on one exercise, and you work to improve your technique and then perform a certain amount of sets and reps. This can vary from liftings weights to gymnastic movements or who knows what our coaches have thought of for that day. At CrossFit Twente there is always something new to learn!
WORKOUT OF THE DAY (WOD)
Your typical Crossfit class will involve a “workout of the day” which is likely to include a “metabolic conditioning session”. All the routines, whether they are sets or reps will constantly change, so no one will know what’s coming up that day. For instance, one session might involve jumping on a box, burpees and lifting weights, whilst on a different day it might involve pull-ups and running instead. Working out at CrossFit Twente never feels boring or repetitive.
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THESE EXERCISES?
Competent Crossfit coaches will train their students on how to perform technical compound lifts and exercises. You will go back to the basics and learn properly, so that you exercise in a way that will benefit you instead of injuring your body. You will never be forced to lift anything that is beyond your ability, and EVERY workout can be scaled to suit your standards.
CROSSFIT AND YOUR GOALS
CrossFit will get you very fit, there is no doubting that. It will uncover your weaknesses and force you to work on them. The varied nature makes you develop in across different areas of your fitness. You will also:
- Build muscle
- Burn fat
- Develop a better work capacity (do more things)
- Strengthen your heart
- Enjoy working out whilst meeting like minded people
- Learn many new techniques from a wide range of areas
Depending on your individual goals, CrossFit can be particularly helpful. For instance, if you want more athleticism, strength and fitness, CrossFit might be the perfect solution.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT TO START CROSSFIT?
Do I need to be able to play the guitar before taking guitar lessons? No!
Although CrossFit seems intensive and strenuous, it’s is designed to be adjusted to your needs. If you are struggling to perform your workout as instructed; our coaches will work with you to find something you can you’re allowed to do what you can.
For instance, you’re instructed to perform pull-ups, but you just can’t do it! You’re allowed to improvise and perform jumping pull-ups instead.
The same principle applies for all other workouts. I’ll give you a couple of more examples:
- Struggling to lift 100 kg? Use a lighter weight!
- Struggling to jump on 60cm high box? Use a lower box!
- Struggling to squat with the prescribed weights? Take off weight and focus on your technique instead!
People who do CrossFit regularly will tell you that it is great for challenging yourself. For instance, it pushes you to do more than what you think you can do.
CrossFit can help you identify whether you are genuinely fatigued, or you’re simply chickening out! And quite often, this is what separates the men from the boys, and the women from the girls.