Working in the military means I constantly need to be in tip-top shape. With that in mind, I always jog at around 3 in the morning and I lift weights as well. I thought this was already sufficient enough for me, when my friend suddenly called me and told me that she was coming. This friend of mine works for Flooded NY water mitigation company. Opposite sides of the world, right?
However, I had no idea that this plumber-friend of mine would actually help me out a great deal.
I got introduced to CrossFit through my best friend, who was into the workout for quite a few months. Initially, I tried to stay away from it; however, she would nag at me continuously so I ended up joining her. Unfortunately, It was extremely difficult at first. One day, I was literally dragged by my best friend to the gym and got introduced to her CrossFit trainer. The CrossFitter explained to me, in a concise manner, all the small and big details of the workout. I thought of giving it a try, though it was only because of my friend’s constant nagging. CrossFit and cross training workouts are more or less the same with a few differences.
The whole workout sees that you get into functional movements, which are regularly varied. The most important thing is that high intensity is maintained all the time. It includes various kinds of exercises like running, rowing, weightlifting, and gymnastics. You never stick to one exercise which eases you of the common complain of getting bored from sticking to only one exercise. The best part is there is no specialization. It’s more or less the same way you do your daily chores like picking up shopping bags, running around your kids or climbing up and down the stairs. It gives you a chance of trying different kinds of exercises in one workout. Trying out this workout will make you flexible for any kind of workout and also fit to survive different life conditions. CrossFit is used by military and police training units but it is now customized to make it accessible to common people and at the same time taking care that you don’t exert yourself much. So it means the beginner and an elite athlete have almost the same qualities but only the intensities are varied depending on the individual capabilities.
I first got uncomfortable with the thought of working out with different kinds of people with such charged up music, but I was surprised to find a lot of friends who matched my mental wavelength. I felt that I was going back to my childhood days where we used to play different sports with friends and never ever felt tired because we had friends with us to enjoy. As we all grew up, we had less time to come together and spend time due to our hectic schedules. That and the fact that all my friends were now living in different cities. However, I found a new leash in my social life as I had a lot to do together with friends which helped me find new bonds and relationships otherwise all that social gathering meant eating and gossiping but here I am getting fit while I am spending time with friends.
Once you start the training regimen, your CrossFit trainer will vary the intensity of your workout according to the time you need to customize yourself with those kinds of exercises. A good CrossFit trainer is necessary to see that you are doing the exercises correctly. Don’t worry; even if you have no prior experience of such exercises, just go with the flow. And if you have some experience then it’s the best thing to take up. It’s a good way to clear all the clutter from the mind that is gathered due to daily stress. I found it takes care of developing every area like stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy.
You may find the training too expensive, but trust me you will never get disappointed with the whole workout. You can always have places where they provide free training initially to let you get the feel of it. You will feel yourself motivated and more de-stressed than ever with a clear mindset.