CrossFit Training: Getting Fit for Life

“CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, if not randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity.” – CrossFit HQ

Athletes of every age and ability are getting fit for life by embracing CrossFit training methods.  Starting as a single gym in 1995, CrossFit now has approximately 4500 affiliated gyms and 500,000 members worldwide.   However, 2012 may be the year that CrossFit goes mainstream.

On the current season of the Biggest Loser, CrossFit training is being advocated by Bob Harper:

CrossFit Training with Bob Harper

And Reebok has joined in as well.  In addition to their sponsorship of the CrossFit Games, Reebok has embarked on a cobranded series of gyms and advertisements:

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Is CrossFit Right for You?

Perhaps you have friends that have made amazing transformations through CrossFit, but the question remains, “Is CrossFit right for me?”

If your goal is to become fit and healthy, CrossFit can certainly provide both structure and support to help you meet your objectives.

In early 2012, I had the pleasure of interviewing CrossFit Invoke’s owner and coach, Christmas Abbott.  Christmas talked about how discovering CrossFit turned her into an athlete:

“I had been smoking for a decade, but I decided to quit cold turkey.  To celebrate, I ran a mile – it took me a week to recover, but I was committed to getting healthy.  I started a bodybuilding program, and one year later I discovered CrossFit.”

Fit for Life with Christmas Abbott

Six years later, Christmas is a top competitor in the CrossFit games and a walking ambassador for the CrossFit message.

How to Get Started with CrossFit

If you aren’t sure how to get started with CrossFit, here are two posts that should help:

  1. Starting CrossFit:  What Should I Do to Prepare
  2. Another Perspective on Starting CrossFit

In the first article, I suggest using Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Fitness as a way to prepare prior to joining a gym; however, the second article makes the case that most people would likely do well by jumping into CrossFit and taking advantage of the coaches and community that are there to support you.

Step one in starting CrossFit is to find a gym that is close by.  You can plug your address into our CrossFit Locations Map to see a list of gyms that are convenient to your home.

Step two is to decide if one of these gyms is well suited for you.  Our article 13 Tips for Choosing a CrossFit Gym will give you some guidance and advice for what to look for and what questions to ask.

And while you don’t need to study or memorize this list, CrossFit Terms, Acronyms, and Jargon will give you a head start on learning the lingo that is most definitely unique to CrossFit.

Can CrossFit Coexist with Other Sports?

Here are a few additional articles that may help answer that question:

CrossFit and Yoga  CrossFit coaches KC Stallsmith and Megan Combies explain how combining yoga along with CrossFit can yield a synergistic result.

Strength and Endurance – Can You Have Both?  Sarah Wilson from CrossFit South Florida explains how incorporating CrossFit and strength building have helped her become a better endurance athlete.

And lastly, here are a few stories about elite athletes who are taking advantage of CrossFit training:

An Olympian’s Path from the Pool to CrossFit

Smooth Sailing with CrossFit – Team Maclaren Goes for Gold

Good luck in your quest for better health and fitness, and don’t hesitate to drop me a note or leave a comment if you need help.  Circle me on Google+.

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Tim Huntley spends his time advising and investing in startups and was formerly the CEO of Ganymede Software.

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