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.
What better way to enjoy fresh summer produce than with a simple, tasty recipe?!
My mouth is actually watering for a delicous, homemade salad like this one. And it's full of healthy ingredients like spinach, avocados, mushrooms, goat cheese and, of course, berries! Lots of berries!
So what's so great about these ingredients? Well berries are full of antioxidants, powerful substances that can help protect your cells against free radicals. Goat cheese provides some protein, riboflavin and phosphorus. Avocados are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fibre. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin A, calcium, vitamin C and iron!
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!
Start your day with a burst of flavour and energy!
Combine this Eating Well recipe with PGX for a health morning boost! It's sure to keep you fuelled and in control of those pesky cravings...
It may seem like a lot of effort to whip up a smoothie in the morning but really, when you have the ingredients sitting in your refridgerator (or freezer), it's a piece of cake! All you have to do is throw in a few things into a blender, press a button, et voilà! You have a smoothie all set for a tasty, nutritious breakfast! How can you say no to a tumbler of this?!
Put on those tunes and get pumped to move. There's nothing like a good song to get you going!
I have a confession: I always get lazy before a workout! I'm not even kidding, before every workout, I sit myself down and realize that I begin to make up any excuse I can thinkof to avoid getting out of my house and driving to a dance class or the gym! Other than pure will power (which, let's face it, is difficult to muster more often than not!), the only thing I can think of that ever helps me get my head out of that mind set is a really good song.
Not only does music help me concentrate at work, it helps me to want to move and keep on going! A good song with a really great hook is usually all I need to get myself off the couch and, at the very least, dance like a fool for an hour in my kitchen!
So I'd like to share with you my top three make-me-want-to-jump-up-and-move workout tunes of this week: