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What is CrossFit?

What is CrossFit?

A form of high intensity interval training, Crossfit is a strength and conditioning workout that is made up of functional movement performed at a high intensity level.

These movements are actions that you perform in your day-to-day life, like squatting, pulling, pushing, etc. Many workouts feature variations of squats, press-ups, and weight lifting that last for predetermined amounts of time to help build muscles. This varies from a traditional workout that may tell you how many reps to do over any period of time.

CrossFit Journal notes that the workouts are so effective because of their emphasis on the elements of load, distance, and speed, which help participants develop high levels of power. The workout may utilize different equipment to accomplish this, including kettle bells, rowers and bikes, medicine balls, speed ropes, rings, and plyo boxes.

CrossFit is similar to Orange Theory in that there is a standard “workout of the day” (WOD) that all members complete on the same day. The daily workout can be found on their website (which is always free), along with a guide to all the specialized lingo that is used. There is also a substitutions section on their FAQ page that suggests places to find level-appropriate workouts. “CrossFit is universally scalable and modifiable for all fitness levels, so it can be tailored to meet your goals and current fitness level,” says Craig Brown – CEO Of Rage Fitness Company www.ragefitnesscompany.com 

Rage Fitness Gym has adopted the Crossfit workout structure in some of its classes, WOD (Workout Of The Day) and gym sessions. We feel this is a fantastic way to educate our members on new workouts within the gym.

Why CrossFit is good?

1. May improve physical strength
The high-intensity, multi-joint movements in CrossFit may help you gain muscle strength and stamina. Adding additional weight to your workouts can further increase muscle gain by adding stress to your muscles.

2. May help you improve aerobic fitness
CrossFit’s high-intensity power training (HIPT). This type of training may help to increase VO2 max or the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during exercise.

3. Improve agility, balance, and flexibility
CrossFit workouts often include functional exercises, or exercises that mimic movements you do in everyday life. Functional movements, such as squats, kettlebell swings, or overhead presses, can help improve agility, balance, and flexibility.

They also can reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

4. Burn calories and manage weight
CrossFit workouts may help you burn more calories than other workouts. On average, a 195-pound male or 165-pound female will burn 15 to 18 calories per minute and 13 to 15 calories per minute, respectively, during a CrossFit circuit. You may also continue to burn calories during the recovery period.

That’s compared to 11 calories per minute and 9 calories per minute during traditional weightlifting using machines.

Rage Fitness delivers a varied range of fitness classes, nutrition and mentoring programs to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We also work closely with local authorities and similar organisations to tackle a variety of social, health and behavioural issues. We are extremely proud to change lives for the better.

Craig BrownCEO - Rage Fitness