(Victor Valley)–CrossFit is a workout method that uses multi-joint movements to offer a tough, full body workout. The Workout of the Day, or WOD, usually combines upper body exercises such as pushups and pull-ups, Olympic lifts, plyometrics and lower body work to target all the major muscle groups.
Philosophy. CrossFit has been rapidly growing for the past decade and according to the official CrossFit web site, there are more than 3,000 CrossFit gyms across the county with 332 of them in California alone. Everyday offers a new challenge that concentrates on high intensity, functional training that is meant to optimize performance in ten areas: cardio endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
The key to each CrossFit workout is the clock that each CrossFitter has answered to at one point. Oftentimes, the goal is to complete as many rounds of a circuit of exercises in a race against the clock. The camaraderie can be contagious when the students who finish first join the coach in motivating the others to finish strong. However, the no-quit atmosphere can be a health hazard.
Risky Business. Some CrossFit gyms have created an aura that can be intimidating and rightfully so. Vomiting after a workout is sometimes treated as a badge of honor. Also, CrossFit has become the talk of the town in the fitness industry and beginners are flocking to their local CrossFit gym to try it out. However, most beginners are eager to try the newest craze but don’t know when to gauge between a good workout and straining their muscles. Since many Olympic lifts require technical skills, it is imperative to find a CrossFit gym that is instructed by a certified CrossFit instructor.
The Solution. The benefit of CrossFit definitely outweights the risk. You can get a great full body workout in a short amount of time. Also, since these workouts take so much out of you, it’s a good idea to have two to three off days a week. Training your muscles until failure will give you great results, but only if there is an adequate amount of recovery time. CrossFit High Definition is located in Hesperia and is the home for High Desert CrossFitters. More information can be found at crossfithighdefinition.com/
Dustin Bogle is Personal Trainer in the High Desert
Contact him at (760) 646 – 2371 or TheFitnessBros.com