CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen created by Greg Glassmanand and Lauren Jenal back in 2000 which continues to be popular with gyms today. This exercise can be tailored to people regardless of sex or age. The difference is the intensity level and the degree of training. Here are a few factors to consider if you are thinking about enrolling in a class:
- Have you worked out before?
- Do you have joint issues or major medical conditions?
- Are you on any medications that may impact exercising?
- Quality of movement
These factors are indicators as to whether you are in the right place. In addition, these are standard questions that should be addressed by the instructor or training facility.
Workouts in a typical class include moves that target the entire body. CrossFit consists of a branded set of moves using a combination of cardio and strength workouts, similar to circuit training. As with any exercise program, always stretch before and after workouts.
The end results are that you will see improvement in your endurance, flexibility, and increased stamina. You will feel physically competitive – performing normal tasks will start to become less challenging.
How to Start?
If you checked off the above factors and are ready to give it a shot, start by finding a gym or center that offers CrossFit training. If a gym setting is not your cup of tea, you can download and stream workouts to your television, tablet, smartphone, or laptop. Or you can pop in a good ole’ DVD and exercise at home. Always choose a workout class to suit your fitness level whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced.
Start with regular cardio and strength workouts for endurance and muscle function before participating in a program which places emphasis on any method of circuit training. Ideal exercises to focus on are squats, crunches, presses, and pushups.
Choose a trainer based on your fitness level. Check to make sure the instructor is trained for working with an older adult as well as those who are beginners.They should be able to scale any program to make it safe and effective.
Challenge yourself, but remember to never overdo it. Give the body the rest it needs for recovery.
In conclusion, always set a training schedule stick with it. This exercise is very multifunctional so perform each exercise to the best of your ability. As your fitness level improves, you will be able to perform these exercises fluently with more ease.
Always get clearance from a physician before starting an advanced workout program.