CrossFit, Which Can Be Done In Less than 60 Minutes a Day, Builds Kick-Ass Functional Fitness
Sometimes you want it quick and dirty, and that's what you'll get from CrossFit.
Developed by Greg and Lauren Glassman in the 1990s, CrossFit is an intense and efficient conditioning regime that has one main purpose: functional fitness. It uses an unlimited combination of movements —like pushing, pulling, lifting and running—and it’s performed in a short amount of time, all to build a stronger, beast-like body that’s ready for anything.
“CrossFit is all about preparing for the unknown and the unknowable,” says martial arts Masters Hall-of-Fame inductee, law enforcement officer and certified CrossFit coach George Ryan. “It’s high intensity, and it focuses on proper movement and proper power development.”
Workouts, prescribed by CrossFit headquarters in Washington D.C., or customized by affiliate coaches, change daily. Endearingly called WODs (workout of the day), they include major lifts like a dead lift, squat, shoulder press, clean and jerk, and snatch. They challenge mastery of basic gymnastics moves, like pull-ups, ring dips, rope climbs and push-ups. They use kettle bells, jump ropes and medicine balls. They include plyometrics, running, rowing and swimming. Andthey’re typically done within 60 minutes—stretching included.
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