What is Crossfit? Learn All About the Most Sought After Workout at the Moment

Who does not know a passionate crossfarm who throws the first stone? Fitness, a modality that emerged in the mid-1990s, has been gaining increasing recognition around the world and carrying a legion of fans everywhere.

In Brazil, the sport is more and more sought after and the country is the second in the world with more academies authorized to execute it, exceeding a thousand units. First, there is the United States, where the modality began.

Practitioners often say that Crossfit is a way of life. And neither is it because of the aesthetic impact that they are so enchanting: a Brazilian study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) showed that the main reason that people take to Crossfit is the search for an improvement in physical capacity.

The research was done with 622 people and only 34.6% of the interviewees mentioned that esthetics was a determining factor when starting the practice - although weight loss and muscle toning are certain consequences of the modality.

How did it come about?

The training was created by former gymnast Greg Glassman, who, dissatisfied with the traditional methods of physical training, elaborated a model based on extremely intense functional exercises that aims to develop the conditioning of the body in general, without focusing on muscles and regions specific.

The training proved so effective that the creator himself was invited in 1995 to train the Santa Cruz Police Department in California.

Currently, the modality is still used in battalions and armies and its benefits have already been shown in studies. One of them, conducted by the United States Army, showed that the inclusion of Crossfit techniques in the routine training of American soldiers resulted in a significant improvement in the physical conditioning and strength of the practitioners.

How it works?

Crossfit is based on extremely intense movements that combine exercises of different natures into a challenging and non-monotonous class.

The workouts are divided into three parts: warm-up, technique and WOD (workout of the day). The first part, as the name already explains, aims to warm the body and prepare it for class, reducing the risk of injury. The second is to learn or perfect some exercises that will be practiced next in the WOD - the last (and most expected) stage of the training.

The WOD consists of performing the techniques of the previous stage as intensely as possible, with a very high number of repetitions in a limited time and with little (or sometimes no) rest interval between one exercise and another.

The workouts are different every day and the exercises are based on Olympic gymnastics, metabolic conditioning activities (like running, cycling and rowing) and weight lifting.

Practitioners have been physically out of shape for a long time, but beginners can also follow classes with ease - the exercises are adapted to all levels of conditioning, progressing as the body evolves.

What are the benefits of Crossfit?

The Crossfit combines techniques of diverse modalities in a single training, which makes it one of the most complete sports of the present time. Unlike traditional methods, the s Crossfit workouts work the body in general and balanced way, without focusing on specific muscles.

In addition, the practice is able to develop fitness extremely efficiently. This is because the Crossfit exercises help to boost all the physical abilities that, together, help in the good functioning of the body: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility and precision.

Although the majority of practitioners aim to improve physical fitness, the modality is also recommended by those who want to lose weight: a study by the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that Crossfit practice increases metabolic capacity and leads to weight loss. Body to the maximum consumption of oxygen, increasing the energy expenditure during the training. It is possible to burn up to 700 calories in one full class - a value that is not found in many activities out there.

This is because Crossfit is classified as a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) training, which aims to decrease practice time and maximize results. A short class of 20 minutes, for example, is able to keep the body burning calories for up to 24 hours.

How to practice?

Crossfit is a registered trademark and there are gyms authorized to perform the practice (called boxes). In the pits, coaches who are allowed to teach classes are certified by official courses following the methodology created by Greg Glassman. The monthly tuition, with an average duration of 1 hour, varies between $ 200 and $ 400, often 2 to 3 times a week.

However, it is possible to get all the benefits of the sport faster, cheaper and without leaving home. The CrossHome , created by super coach Thais Health, is a 100% online training that uses Crossfit techniques in 20-minute lessons, which can be done anywhere, using only your own body weight.

The goal is to make the benefits of the activity possible for anyone, from those who do not have access to authorized gyms close to home to those who do not want to spend so much time (and money) on classes.

CrossHome by Thais Health

Thais analyzed the entire methodology of Crossfit and understood the points that make it so effective and so motivating , replicating them in short , effective lessons that make the body evolve day by day as it improves strength and fitness , build lean mass and burn lots of fat .

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 05:48 PM