“CrossFit is a hype!” – “All movements are done wrong!” – “CrossFitters” can’t even lift heavy!” These are the typical complains and quotes I hear from others when talking about CrossFit. But what is CrossFit and why am I doing it? … I’ll tell you!
What is CrossFit?
Since roughly 9 months I’m infected by the sports of CrossFit which describes itself as
CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.
But are all the haters & doubters right with their impression about it? I personally would say not at all!
CrossFitters are usually strong in a lot of disciplines which I describe a bit more below. For sure, the average CrossFitter might not be better than an Olympic Weightlifter who is doing this for a couple of years, the same applies to the boys & girls doing Gymnastics only or the ones running 10k, 21k or even a marathon.
But here’s the important note: As someone who is doing CrossFit you own and develop skills in all of those mentioned areas and even more. And your able to manage workouts, so called WODs (Workout of the day), with a variety of Olympic Weightlifting, Gymnastics and Cardio.
So what is part of this sports:
Specially two movements: The Clean & Jerk and the Snatch. Those are the essentials of every Olympic Weightlifter. On top comes the Front/Back-squat, Deadlift, Push/Strict Press and a mixture of those movements (mostly called a complex).
Ever heard of Ring-Dips & Ring-Muscle-Ups? They’re super hard to manage because they require a lot of balance, core muscles, strength and body control. But Handstand-Push-Ups aren’t easy too.
Running, Rowing, Assault Air-Bike, Ski-Erg, Swimming and even more running. One of those is often part of a workout but there’re also workouts called Metcons (Metabolic Conditioning) oder Endurance where you do nothing else than fighting through a hard cardio session.
You can easily say CrossFit is the ultimate sport of fitness!
Why am I doing CrossFit?
Well, I started it to get a better body again but found that it makes me also way fitter and stronger again – more than any other sport I’ve done in the past, and I did a lot (Thai-boxing, Football, Basketball, to name a few). I do not want to say it’s the ultimate sport but definitely one of the most challenging in my opinion.
People often say CrossFit makes you suffer and everyone loves the pain. I keep it with one of the pro athletes (which make maybe 5% in the sports of CrossFit):
I’m not addicted to suffering, I’m addicted to the product of the suffering.
This quote is from Mat Fraser who won the CrossFit Games in 2016. He definitely nails it. I hate the suffering but after I every workout I suffered I know I gonna be better the next time. And I always loved to compete. Every time I have the chance to compete, I’m totally in a tunnel and try to win. I hate loosing which keeps me even more motivated and mentally strong during a tough workout.
This also brings me to the last point of this article: The CrossFit Games Open.
It’s the first part of a three step process which leads to the CrossFit Games. Currently I’m a million miles away from qualifying for the Regionals (second step) or the Games (final). But it’s a great way to compete against the people in my CrossFit Box (Gym) here in Abu Dhabi, which is CrossFit Yas, and also against people in the whole world. More than 300.000 people compete in the 5 weeks of the Open – some for fun, some to make it to the Regionals, some because they want to see how they improved. Even though I won’t make it to the next step, I’m very excited about the upcoming 5 weeks and cross-fingers my coaches make it again to the Games this year.
Enough words now on CrossFit. If you want to know more visit the official website or ask me if you want to know more. You should definitely give it a try in a good box before you judge it.
I’m out now for my 2nd day session: The Metcon is calling 😉