Busy people have tried to fit innumerable fitness regimens into their busy lifestyle. For many, these have been fruitless and nothing more than a passing fad. Over time, these fitness cults lose their glamor and appeal and people move on to snap at newer ones. They never seem to stick to any one which only means that none of them really worked.
Recently, a new fitness trend has emerged and caught the eye of fitness buffs around the world. They call it Cross Fit and it’s taking on the world like a storm. It is most likely that every person reading this article knows at least one person that picked up this new trend.
But what really is Cross Fit? What makes it a cut above the rest of exercise regimens out there? Does it really work? Or is it just a passing fad that will soon be on the list of hundreds of fruitless exercise programs? Read more to find out.
What is in a Cross Fit program?
Cross Fit is a name referring to a conditioning and training workout program that is basically made up of short bursts of different types of exercise. It is a hodgepodge of just about anything: calisthenics, plyometrics, weightlifting, and numerous nameless exercise regimens.
Cross Fit is a constantly shifting program taking a different turn in every 20 seconds, short bursts as they call them, with 10 quick seconds of rest in between. You would probably ask yourself how these short bursts of energy can create a difference but the high intensity of these bursts when combined together is what’s making a huge impact.
What is in a typical Cross Fit workout regimen?
The Cross Fit routine performed in a day is referred to as WOD or workout of the day. Typically a WOD is made up of the following: simple warm up which may be anything from jumping jacks to jumping rope to jogging on a treadmill, 20 push-ups, 10 squats, 15 pull-ups, and 20 burpees. This set is performed about 4 or 5 times in one WOD with very short rest period between cycles.
Why are people so hyped over Cross Fit?
You might be saying to yourself that there is really nothing new with this exercise trend. Everything in it has been around for a long time and may have probably been done by your mom to her favourite 80’s workout music. It appeals to be nothing more than a collection of recycled bits of older exercise routines.
The appeal of Cross Fit seems to lie in working out hard and fast almost to the point of nausea. Doing such an intense and high-impact exercise in a very short span of time can be extremely exhilarating – the “runner’s high” as they call it. It is from this satisfying feeling that Cross Fit draws its fame.
The idea behind the individual exercises in Cross Fit may be old but how they are served is completely new and exciting. It is like doing your mom’s exercise regimen minus the boredom and snail pace.
The best thing about this new trend, of course, is that it fits every lifestyle. Busy people are hooked on it because they find it perfect for their hectic schedule taking up no more than 30 minutes of their time in a day. What is even more surprising is that they don’t feel short-changed after performing a WOD. They feel like they have just done a full hour of intensive and sweaty workout. No wonder that many people are shifting to this innovative exercise trend.