CrossFit for Life
If someone told you CrossFit could be the key to giving you more energy, and therefore more motivation to spend time with your family, would you do it?
Finding motivation to workout can be tough, but it becomes easier if your time spent in the gym gives you the ability to build memories with your loved ones. Before you know it, a week’s worth of workouts gives you the energy to play catch in the front yard with your son. Then suddenly, you’re a month in and you find the strength and endurance to play a game of family soccer in the park or run a 5k together. After a year, you’ll look back and realize you accomplished more physically and emotionally than you ever thought possible.
With constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit is a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in an intense, yet accepting and encouraging environment. CrossFit delivers workouts that are broad, general and inclusive. The goal of CrossFit isn’t to specialize in one particular type of movement, but rather to build a capable body.
The movements associated with CrossFit are designed for scalability, meaning anyone can do it, regardless of your experience. CrossFit gyms use the same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease as they use for professional fighters, scaling the weight and intensity, but not the program.
In a CrossFit class, your heart rate remains elevated throughout the entire workout, which increases your endurance. Fitness industry guidelines suggest a heart-rate maximum between 64 to 94 percent in order to improve cardio endurance; the average CrossFit participant’s heart rate elevates to 90 percent through a CrossFit workout.
CrossFit also promotes increased joint mobility, which is accomplished by performing varied muscle movements during class. CrossFit athletes aren’t just doing bicep curls – they’re moving their limbs in all different directions. By learning the proper ways to lift heavy weights off the floor and hold them overhead, participants’ risk of injury in everyday life significantly decreases.
CrossFit classes come with a supportive, health-invested CrossFit family. Being surrounded by people so invested in not only their health and fitness but every member of the CrossFit team, lifestyle changes will be on deck for any new member. The constant encouragement from this new family will have you trading in your pre-packaged snacks for something real. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to start the day before your alarm goes off. Maybe next time it’ll be YOUR idea to go to the playground.