CrossFit is a general fitness program that attempts to optimize the overall fitness level by developing 10 athletic qualities: muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
The goal of a CrossFit athlete is to be as well-trained in all areas of physical fitness as possible, including:
-and many, many more skills!
And this is exactly how the training is designed: As effective as possible in a short time and as varied as possible!
One session lasts one hour and takes place in a group , and during this lesson elements of gymnastics, athletics, weightlifting and many other sports will be practiced and practiced.
What type of crossfitter are you?
1. The first of the class
This is the crossfitter model, the one that the coach always takes as an example because he is listening. He is still very involved in his performances and does not wish for anything to lose his place as a favorite pupil.
2. The last of the class
This is the one who speaks while the coach explains the wod of the day, it is not uncommon for him to arrive late and he is not very focused on his perfs. Definitely he likes to have fun.
3. The talented
5. The organizer
He is also there to make new friends and organize outings. In his agenda all phones are there, not to mention his Facebook profile!
6. The Storyteller
He collects the news of the group and always describes the perfs of the colleagues thoroughly. If someone is missing, ask where this person is!
7. The perfectionist
It is longer than the others but its perfs are always very clean!
8. The hard worker
It is the one who does not miss a class and who is always on time. He is everywhere, one wonders if he has not been a victim of cloning!
9. The Absentee
He enrolled in classes once and then no one saw him.
Constantly varied exercises
CrossFit combines and mixes weightlifting, endurance and gymnastics exercises. The many possible combinations make CF training unique and avoid the routine that can be found in a conventional gym. Each training is different. Novelty keeps motivated practitioners away from boredom.
CrossFit uses functional movements, ie natural movements found in everyday life: sitting and standing up from a chair, crouching, picking up or lifting objects, running, jump, etc. These movements prepare you for life outside the gym. Why practice repeating specific movements that have no real and functional application in everyday life?
High intensity training
High intensity training is an effective method for developing and improving fitness in a short time. Intensity is a relative notion that is specific to the effort provided by each individual. Training can be more and more intensive by increasing weight, distance or repetitions and decreasing time. For example: running slowly on 100m will be less intensive than a sprint on the same distance; make 100 pumps in 1 day will be less intensive than 100 pumps in less than 5 minutes.
For whom is the Crossfit, who can practice it?
In CF philosophy, the needs between an average individual and an Olympic athlete differ in degrees and not in kind: the improvement of the 10 athletic qualities is as important to senior athletes as to senior athletes. The program is identical: only the loads, the intensity and the recovery times are adapted to the individual capacities of each one.
Benefits of CrossFit
· CrossFit improves health and develops the physical condition in a short time: improvement of the maximal oxygen consumption, decrease of the fat mass and increase of the muscular mass.
· The CF community offers a supportive and sharing environment: you are not just a paid member, you are part of a strong team that supports you.
· The CF tests you and challenges you mentally and physically to be “a better yourself”
· You compete and compete with yourself to achieve your personal goals (weight loss, better fitness, better health, etc.)
· You will not find a mirror in a CrossFit room, because the purpose of the method is not to improve the look and the aesthetics but the strength and the physical condition. No place for those who want to train by simple vanity.
· The CF improves the quality of life on a daily basis: you use functional movements. The same ones that will help get the water packs out of the car when you go shopping, climb the stairs or play with your (small) children without being out of breath.
· The variety of CF trainings avoids boredom, keeps motivated and helps to stay consistent to achieve one’s personal goals.
More and more athletes are choosing CrossFit to physically prepare for the demands of their sport. To be effective, this approach must be part of the athlete’s sporting schedule and be complementary to the main training. In other words, it is necessary to take into account the different preparation cycles (general physical preparation period, technical development period and competition period) and to ensure that the WOD do not interfere in a negative way with the technical work and tactical work done by the athlete in the field. In addition, the sessions must be relevant from the point of view of the specificity of the main activity and will have to go to the essentials for the sake of efficiency because the athlete’s time and energy are not extensibly infinite.
In the case of an amateur rugby player who has 2 collective training sessions per week and twenty matches in the season, the need for specificity will not be as important and we can set up during the off-season , a classic CrossFit training alternating WODs aimed at developing technical skills, strength and endurance for short and long periods. However, it should not be forgotten that as an amateur, the athlete will most certainly have professional and social obligations that will limit his availability for training.