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What Is CrossFit

CrossFit is a fitness phenomena that is sweeping the world at the moment seemingly from no where, but most don’t realise that it has actually been around since 2000. It was founded by Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, and is a High Intensity method of fitness training using a variety of movements.

The CrossFit main website describes the training system as “the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.”  

Greg Glassman The CrossFit Founder

Greg is a former gymnast who discovered that specific body weight exercises he employed as a gymnast were a lot more successful for fitness and strength compared to many popular weight training exercises used at the time. He kept the lifts that he believed gave the most benefit, to compliment the Gymnastics style of workout routines. What he developed is a combination of body weight activities combined with Olympic style and power lifts. This is what is now known as CrossFit.

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Workout Of The Day!

The Workout Of The Day or WOD as it is known is literally what it says. It’s the workout that a particular CrossFit gym/affiliate is advocating for that particular day. CrossFit generally works on a 3 days training and 1 day off rotation and the workouts are always varied. It will often bee weeks before you perform the same workout twice. The CrossFit main WOD is published on the main website CrossFit.com.

Workout Examples

The Crossfit WOD are split into three categories. The girls, which are generally used as benchmark workouts to test yourself. Hero WOD’s, which are WOD’s named after fallen service personel and then the Ad-Hoc WOD’s which are just general WOD’s. An Example of one of these WOD’s is FRAN.

21-15-9 reps, for time of;

  • Thruster 95lbs
  • Pull-Ups
What this means is that you perform each exercise for the number of reps in sequence. So you first do 95lb Thrusters for 21 reps followed by 21 Pull-ups. Then for 15 reps, then 9. All with no rest between and as quick as you can while still keeping good form.


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Everyday a new workout is posted in the CrossFit website. You can simply check the website or subscribe to their RSS feed or if you join a CrossFit gym, they will often have their own WOD.

CrossFit is a great way to work out and if you have a Crossfit gym nearby then you have the added benefit of being able to be a part of the community and workout with like mind people. It has a great success rate with fat loss and increasing fitness levels. To read more about CrossFit go to http://www.crossfit.com and get involved.


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