Looking to lose all those pounds you’ve gained over the holidays? You might want to try out this fitness program called CrossFit.
The CrossFit program is a combination of high intensity and constantly varied exercises, which means you’ll never repeat a workout. Exercises range from gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, track and field, kettlebell training and other sports. Most workouts resemble circuit training and are finished in less than 30 minutes.
I’ve been wanting to try CrossFit for sometime now. A few of my friends are quite the CrossFit enthusiasts and every time they talk about it, they really leave you thinking, ‘What the fuss is CrossFit all about?!’.
(Plus really, those beach pictures they keep posting with their 6-pack abs are quite the selling point!)
Another reason why CrossFit intrigued me so much was because of my friend Jomz. Jomz is a diabetic and because of CrossFit (along side Paleo diet), he is able to control his diabetes.
Being married to a very ‘pasaway’ diabetic, I really wanted Artie to try out CrossFit, too, hoping that it’ll help him keep fit and healthy.
What Happens At A CrossFit Session
The place where people do CrossFit is called a ‘box’. There are 3 CrossFit boxes here in Manila, if i’m not mistaken: there’s one in Eastwood, another one in Fort Global City and a newly opened one in Alabang.
Since the Alabang box is just a mere 2 mins away from our house, Artie and I decided to do a trial last November.
My CrossFit Experience
Unfortunately, I miserably failed my first Crossfit session, haha!
(I didn’t even get to do the WOD!)
I barely survived the warm-up, a cute sounding warm-up called Animal Warm Up. But don’t be fooled because the moves we did were anything but cuddly, hehe. We did a series of duck walks, bear walks, bunny hops and other animal moves you can think of. (OMG, inch worm!!!)
It was a little too high-intensity for me, to be honest. But coming from MY situation, I think it was expected. I think I better stick to yoga for the meantime and slowly build up my strength. Or maybe I should start walking around more rather than spending the whole day in front of my computer, hehe.
(I’ll be back CrossFit!)
However, I still do recommend that you try out CrossFit and decide for yourself whether it’s the fitness program for you.
Intimidated with CrossFit? Don’t be. CrossFit can look quite intimidating, especially seeing all those seasoned CrossFitters looking all superhumanly, lifting weights without breaking a sweat, doing burpees like there’s no tomorrow.
But these people started somewhere, too. They spent months training and getting DNFs (Did Not Finish) on their WODs before they were able to do the things they are able to do now.
My tip as a newbie CrossFitter is to not rush. Do the workouts at your own pace. The great thing about CrossFit is you can push the limit at own comfort zone.
For people who love being around other people, you’ll definitely love CrossFit as there’s a sense of community about it.
Looking for a fitness program that’s F-U-N? Definitely try CrossFit, it’s not a boring workout at all.
Summer is just 3 months away! If you want to have a beach-ready body by April, you might want to consider CrossFit! :)