We are sure you already heard about the worldwide fitness phenomenon called CrossFit®. Not yet? Ok, so here are a couple of things you should know about it.
Some words about CrossFit®
CrossFit® is a fitness regimen coming from the United States of America. It was created by Greg Glassman and it is as well a registered trademark of CrossFit, Inc since 2000. To sum up, CrossFit® is a physical training method meant to improve 9 specific athletic skills: strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy and endurance (both muscular and cardiovascular).
CrossFit® is about repeating the same workouts sessions over and over. First, you have to go through some warm-up activity, and then you go for the WOD (Workout Of the Day), which is very intense and consists in several exercises combining endurance, weightlifting-powerlifting and gymnastic. Those exercises involve every muscles of the body, this is why CrossFitters are basically pretty well prepared for any kind of sport. A WOD never lasts more than 20-30 minutes and the objective is for you to improve over time. Yes, time is the key indicator of performance improvement.
What runners could expect from CrossFit®
You might think that muscular exercises might be superficial, however they are substantial for you if you are willing to run longer and better. Go for CrossFit® workouts will give you power, a greater cardio and a better coordination. The strength, power and sheathing gained here will make your stride more effective, and the effectiveness of your stride will reduce your effort needs. That will help to make your runs easier and longer. Remember : a muscular balance of your upper and lower body part is necessary to be dynamic on your foot and become a better runner.
CrossFit® or classic gym trainings are known to improve discipline and reinforce your mental and your willingness. CrossFit® is a training method that allows you to really challenge yourself and to concentrate on you own performances; therefore it is also very social oriented: people are always cheering and supporting each other. CrossFitters are clearly family-minded.
Running makes you feel free and fast whereas CrossFit® does make you feel strong and powerful, but from both come out pride and accomplishment. Plus, with CrossFit® , you will never get bored as every WOD is very different from one another. Routine and CrossFit® are no synonyms!
We guess you understood that running and CrossFit® are complementary disciplines.
CrossFit® has dramatically grown in the last 5 years. It now looks like something very trendy. This is mainly because people want to get into shape, they constantly want to move forward. But please, bare in mind that a continuous high-intensity training could lead to injuries (spine, knees, shoulders). To prevent them, we recommend to never train alone if you are starting practicing CrossFit®!
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