Tired of running on a treadmill or “climbing” stairs to nowhere? There are different (and, yes, fun) ways to stay in shape that are far from the same old workout routine. Case in point, CrossFit.
A change from boot camp, CrossFit is gaining popularity. What is it? According to Rob LaBar of CrossFit Boynton Beach, it is “consistently varied, functional movements executed at a high intensity.”
For the variety part, each day starts with the WOD (workout of the day). The workouts are the same all day long, but change daily, so the body doesn’t get used to the routine and the person doing it doesn’t get bored. LaBar says the variety is one reason people try CrossFit. “They are out of shape and can’t stick to a routine. Going to the gym gets boring.”
CrossFit focuses on strength and endurance with limited equipment (barbells and boxes) and some gymnastics moves (pull-ups and ring dips).
If you think you’re not fit enough to handle CrossFit, LaBar says it is used by everyone from college athletes to average people, and each class includes students at all fitness levels. “Scalability is the key,” LaBar says. “Every workout can be modified for the individual.” For example, he says, while an athlete in the class does a clean and jerk with 135 pounds, a 55-year old grandmother will do the same thing, but with a 22-pound empty bar. The movements are the same, but the level is modified for the individual. For best results, LaBar recommends three days on, one day off.
There also is a level of competitiveness to the routines, because they are timed, to see who can do it faster, which allows people to push beyond what they thought they were capable of and get better results. (561-702-4844, crossfitboyntonbeach.com)