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Fitness trend: Crossfit

April 17, 2015

If you've seen any fitness magazines lately or walked around a big city, you've likely seen commercials and gyms dedicated to crossfit. This intense workout is not for the faint of heart. Learn more about the workout trend below:

What is crossfit?
According to Crossfit.com, it is a strength and conditioning program that many law enforcement academies and professional athletes use around the world. Exercises involved in crossfit are varied, so unlike with someone who is a runner or who likes to lift weights, there is no specialization of the activities. Anyone can try crossfit, but it requires determination and willpower to be involved. 

What will I gain from doing crossfit?
This exercise regimen changes greatly, which means you will have plenty of abilities to gain, like power, agility, accuracy, balance, coordination, speed, stamina, strength and flexibility. A session might include a circuit of running, lifting, pullups, and more to target various areas of the body. If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you may want to consider a lower-intensity workout, as crossfit greatly affects your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. People who get involved with the sport grow muscle and endurance, learning to push themselves to the limits. 

Who can benefit?
Just about anyone who doesn't have serious medical conditions can try crossfit. Can you do it with a cold? Yes. Do you have to be a professional athlete to complete a session? No. If you're interested in trying the sport, consider seeking out the help of a trainer. He or she can assist you with safely starting a crossfit regimen that will help you become physically fit without overexerting yourself or pushing too hard.

Be sure to drink a lot of water while working out to avoid headaches and becoming dehydrated. After your first session, you will likely be exhausted, and you may feel some muscle cramps in the next day or so as your body adjusts to all the new activity. Just remember these will go away as you progress in a crossfit program. Working out to this intense degree will also likely do wonders for your sleep habits, making you fall asleep quickly and deeply.

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