Getting Crossfit: Background

What is Crossfit? The fitness phenomenon, Crossfit has been growing exponentially in popularity over the past couple of years. Its philosophy is unprecedented and entirely unique in modern fitness. Rather than specializing in specific sports, lifts, or exercises, Crossfit aspires to make you adept across all genres of physical fitness (hence the name: Crossfit).

How? Well, it's easier to tell how NOT. In a Crossfit gym you will never see a nautilus machine, an elliptical or a television, much less a mirror. Dedication, focus, and effort are emphasized over other superficial exercise goals such as weight loss and muscle gain.

Instead, Crossfit creates timed workouts combining aerobic and anaerobic exercises through the use of jump ropes, rowing machines, kettle bells, dumb bells, punching bags, and pull up bars. If Crossfit is religion, routine is sacrilege. Crossfit trainers promise that you will never do the same routine twice. Through rigorous, ever-changing training, Crossfit aims to improve ten general physical skills: cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. All in all, being Crossfit isn't about being thin or having pretty biceps, or even being good at one particular sport. It's about being generally fit: Crossfit.

So where do I come in? I am Men's Fitness' guinea pig of Crossfit. Throughout my summer internship I'll be attending a Crossfit gym, Guerrilla Fitness: Crossfit Montclair, NJ and keeping you all updated on my experience through my blog. But keep in mind, this isn't going to be your typical "I was fat and now I'm not... Without this I wouldn't be the happy person I am today" sob story. No, I'm 6'1'', 180 lbs with less than 5% body fat. I run a 5 minute mile and can bench my body weight 10 times. I workout 7 days a week and am a two-sport athlete at the college level. Crossfit? Please. Nothing scares me. I'm invincible.

Bring it on.

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