Thursday, September 1, 2016

6 Things You Need to Know About CrossFit

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Q: Why is everyone SO into CrossFit right now?
A: "For many people, it's like going to practice for a sport — except anyone can do it, and nobody gets cut! Most people who go to the gym have no idea what to do or how to do it. In a CrossFit class, everyone does the same WOD (workout of the day), and it changes daily, so you don't have to come up with something on your own. You also have a coach to help you perform the movements safely and correctly. Workouts are generally short but effective, so you don't waste hours at the gym doing things that don't necessarily work. Plus, each CrossFit gym has it's own community so you get to share your misery with friends!"

Q: What kind of workout can I expect when I go to a box?
A: At CrossFit NYC, we offer free introductory classes in which we talk about what CrossFit is, introduce a few simple bodyweight movements and how to perform them safely and correctly. Then we put attendees through a workout using those movements, which might include squats, push-ups, some version of pull-ups, burpees, wall balls, and box jumps or step ups. They'll all be combined to create a short (usually about 10-minute), very high-intensity workout.

Q: So, I'm not the fittest person in the world; am I going to die if I try to keep up with everyone else?A: "No! While there is a competitive aspect of CrossFit, it is much more about pushing yourself and going beyond your own mental barriers. We focus on constantly improving ourselves and performing better than we did last time. Every workout is scalable to your own abilities, so you should never feel pressured to keep up with more advanced people."

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