It has been a week since I have been introduced to CrossFit, and I’m glad to say that I have managed to regain the use of all my appendages and bodily organs. No longer are my muscles throbbing in pain with every little movement.
The CrossFit exercise that I did, I admit, was crazy exhausting. The workout lasted for a mere fifteen minutes, but the intensity was through the roof. There were even moments that I felt like passing out. I could really feel that every single muscle of my body was being worked out.
But you know what? I am extremely happy with the workout and I am willing to do it again.
Now, you’re probably sitting there reading this wondering what the hell I am talking about. What is this CrossFit exercise program? Why am I raving about it? Well, let me tell you something about it. According to the exercise program’s official site, crossfit.com,
“CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
CrossFit contends that a person is as fit as they are proficient in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.”
In layman’s terms, the CrossFit exercise plan builds intense power through various stimulating (and tremendously exhausting, if I may add) workouts. CrossFit exercise routines do not target a particular part of your body, but rather focuses on holistic improvement. The ultimate goal of the CrossFit exercise program is to develop a body that is functionally fit—a body that can literally do anything life throws at it.
CrossFit, admittedly, is very young as it has only been around since 2000. However, it seems that it’s garnering a lot of fanfare, even from Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. It currently has over 3,400 registered affiliates all over the world. Men’s Fitness names 9 strong stars who just love doing CrossFit exercise:
• Magic Mike’s Channing Tattum
• New Girl’s Max Greenfield
• Certified Hunk Brad Pitt
• 90210’s Trevor Donovan
• Suburgatory’s Parker Young
• Philanthropist Matt Damon
• The Biggest Loser Trainer Bob Harper
• Lost’s Josh Holloway
• Twilight’s Kellan Lutz
And who could forget the ladies? Wepaint.com names some as well. Here are they, along with their very own testimonials about the CrossFit exercise program:
“I’m comfortable with my body and who I am because I work out a lot,” Jessica tells the Irish Independent. “There is so much pressure to look a certain way in this town. But it’s nice to have a little meat on you, and I hope I inspire women to appreciate their muscular calves!”
“I love it! It’s like boot camp,” American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson gushes to SELF magazine (via People). “You never work out more than 35 minutes, but it’s so intense. […] It makes me feel like G.I. Jane. It’s very empowering. I feel like I can whup ass!”
Vanessa Hudgens did some workouts using some CrossFit exercise equipment — involving kettlebell lifts, ball slams, and box jumps — while training for her 2011 movie Sucker Punch.
Cameron Diaz gets those crazy biceps by bringing elements of CrossFit — like flipping massive tires — into her workouts. “Exercise for me is like eating, sleeping, and breathing. I’m consistent, and when I’m not consistent, it shows up on my body,” she reveals to Harper’s Bazaar.”
CrossFit is effective, as can be seen in the bodies of these celebrities. Bryan Thankins explains why CrossFit works and why it is so addictive in his website:
“WOD: Every day there is a Workout of the Day (WOD) which helps keep it fresh. It’s not like Wed is bench day for the 200th time. Instead they keep it interesting by making workouts like fight gone bad.
Whiteboard: All workouts are timed and each day your scrores are written on the whiteboard. This has a couple of effects. First off, to paraphrase Drucker, you get better at what you measure. Something about writing your time down makes you want to improve it. There are also some key benchmark workouts (like Fran) that you will do every few months to mark your progress. Having a time, gives you something to beat.
Diet: No workout program can be successful without a diet component and CrossFit is no exception. They are full bore into the Paleo diet which consists of the following simple philosophy: “Don’t eat anything that you can’t grow or kill”. In other words, your meals consist of avoiding processed foods, most carbs (because you can’t grow or kill bread), and sticking to Meats and Veggies.
Community: When you are getting up at 5:45 AM to workout, it helps to know that you will be meeting others at the gym to do the same workout. And that if you skip out, they will give you a hard time.”
CrossFit is a great program, especially if you’re the type of person who has a difficult time pushing your fitness boundaries. Celebrities love it because it gives them the intensity that a regular training program does, but in a shorter amount of time. This is very important for them given their hectic daily schedule. In addition, celebrities enjoy the program because it makes them functionally strong while also keeping their bodies fit, sculpted, and toned.
There’s no doubt about it: CrossFit works. Whether it’s for you or not remains to be seen, but you’ll never know without trying. So I suggest you get off your computer chair, look for the nearest CrossFit exercise community, and join in the fun!