CrossFit is an inclusive fitness community with high intensity workouts - but is it for you?
CrossFit has been on my radar for about four years now. The first time I heard about it was from a friend of mine who is heavily involved in triathlons, working out in general and who has aspirations to one day complete an IRONMAN. Needless to say, when this friend of mine started CrossFit training I just assumed that it was another intensive workout for only the most elite athletes. However, as time has gone on, more and more people I know have begun to train at CrossFit gyms. So, I started looking into it. What I found was not the elitist, hardcore training ground for Olympic-bound-only athletes that I had imagined (although it is hardcore!).
While some people may believe CrossFit to be exclusive and almost cult-like, they may be surprised to find out (as I was) that “The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness.” This is a sentiment that I find quite inspiring. What better way to get people comfortable with exercising than by making the environment an accepting and inclusive one with a team mentality, regardless of their athletic prowess. I have been at too many gyms over the years where one gets the feeling that others are judging you as you attempt to maneuver the elliptical or rowing machine. At CrossFit there are no machines, so this fear becomes obsolete; as one man puts it in the video below, at CrossFit you are the machine.
“While it challenges the world’s fittest, the CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience.” – CrossFit Theory
So, with CrossFit being for any individual dedicated to getting into shape, the question remains: is it for you? Well, if you find that it’s sparked your curiosity, with services such as accredited training seminars and free content, including workout schedules and training support, it’s easy enough to try it out and see if it’s for you. You can also learn more about CrossFit in the video below.
Do you or does anyone you know train at a CrossFit gym? Share you experience in the comments below. Or just tell us what you think about this continually budding fitness trend.
How to turn caring for your canine into caring for your waistline.
We've all been there: you arrive home from work and all you want to do is flop down on the couch, close your eyes and relax. The absolute last thing you want to do is change into your work out gear and head to the gym. But you have goals set for yourself and those goals aren't going to achieve themselves, at least not when it come to your weight loss goals. You're at a cross roads.
Cue your MOTIVATION: Your pet!
I can't even tell you the amount of times that my dog (see picture!) has gotten me off my butt in the evening for a refreshing and energizing run or walk. It's good for her, for me and for my mood. And the great news is, you don't have to go for a run; just by walking, you're burning a couple hundred calories (number dependant on the lenght of your walk) and staying active, which is the main goal anyway, right? So, if you're not feeling the gym today, use your dog to get you motivated and moving. He or she will love you for it!
If you're not a dog person or don't have a pet, a great alternative to dog walking is starting a walking group with your friends. You get some fresh air, burn some calories and get to be social. Win, win. Or combine the best of both worlds and start a walking group with your friends who also have dogs. That's what I did. :)
There's no limit to your fitness options! Exercise can be fun!
Dance and Jazzercise your way into those skinny jeans! It's true, exercise can actually be enjoyable. I find one of the best ways to keep fit and make time for fitness is to have a fun activity. If it's the same old boring routine or hamster wheel running on the treadmill, I personally would have absolutely no motivation whatsoever to exercise!
So let's throw it back this Thursday and check out the fitness trend from 1969: Jazzercise. Created by Judi Sheppard Misset in the 60's , Jazzercise combines jazz and dance aerobics, yoga, Pilates, resistance training, and kickboxng movements to create a total body workout that's fun and yields results. Just as in any good workout, jazzercise can help increase your cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility giving you those "feel good" vibes one can get after a successful workout!
If you ask me, dancing sounds like a lot more fun than a machine in the gym with sports TV on the overhead! Check out this entertaining demonstration by Steven and Chris with fitness expert Assata McKenzie: Jazzercise the Calories Away and learn more from the Jazzercise website!
PGX Posts from the Past! Let's get inspired to run again...
Happy Friday everyone! I found this photo of this incredibly colourful running shoe and suddenly felt inspired to reread our running posts from the past!
We've shared a lot of great content in the history of this PGX blog and I thought, let's take a look back in time and put whatever exercise inspiration you may have gotten from these colourful cross trainers to good use! Check out these posts for some great tips and insights and then go for a run! Forrest Gump's got nothing on you...
Spring is here! Hop on your bike and take advantage of it!
Get your daily exercise on your way to work and put the pedal to the metal!
The sun is shining. The weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancingfeet. Well, Bob Marley had it mostly right. The sun is shining and it is sweet, but right now it makes me want to move my bike pedals!
One of my best friends used to bike to work all the time, rain or shine. Now that's impressive! But it is equally impressive to make the effort on the sunny days! If there is ever a perfect time to consider commuting by bicycle, spring and summer is the time to do it! It's National Bike Month in the USA and June is Canada's National Bike to Work month. To all our Canadian friends, let's get a pedal up on the trend and to all our American friends, May has just arrived and it's time to put the pedal to the metal!
Biking is fun and easy way to exercise and get all your muscles working and your heart pumping. It can also be a way to save money on parking, help the environment, and skip the the traffic and hectic roads! If you've never biked to work and find the very thought of it daunting, then ease it into your routine. Start going for bike rides and get your muscles used to the movement. Try doing other exercises like lunges, squats and the plank to make your leg and core muscle groups strong.