What is CrossFit?
Fitness in itself is an ambiguous term. “Fitness” arguably has a loose definition and it is entirely up to you to decide what fitness really entails since it has no definite/fix criteria to assess how fit one is exactly. Undoubtedly though, the baseline for fitness remains being healthy and free from having an abnormally high percentage of body fat.
CrossFit does not specialize in any area of “fitness” – like having a focus on stamina and endurance in long distance running or in strength like weight-lifting. CrossFit is all encompassing, a program designed to train the individual’s principle strength and conditioning to deliver a fitness that is broad, general and inclusive. CrossFit is structured in a way that is universally accessible to each and every one. Regardless of age, shape and size the same routine is used but with differing load and intensity.
What are CrossFit classes like?
CrossFit workouts build good muscular endurance and all-rounded fitness. CrossFit aims to prepare your body for pretty much any athletic situation after a few months. According to the official website, CrossFit is the 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.
With constantly varied and high-intensity functional movements, CrossFit trains people of all shape and sizes to improve their physical and cardiovascular fitness. Just to list a few, you will do combative training, throw medicine balls, squat with weights, do variations of handstand push-ups, gymnastics… You get the idea, you do almost everything that comprise part and parcel of specific workouts, all combined into one (deliberately made) general workout.
Why should you do CrossFit in gyms instead of at home?
CrossFit can be done in gyms, under the guide and supervision of certified gym trainers, or at home by following CrossFit videos that are made available (for purchase) online. Trainers will definitely recommend that you engage in CrossFit under their supervision, rather than doing it alone or with a small group of inexperienced friends drawn together over the new fitness craze, for very practical reasons.
Firstly, it is common in a CrossFit workout for you to complete a number of strength or endurance exercises as fast or as many repetition as possible within a certain amount of time. This way, without proper guidance and knowledge, it is extremely easy to sacrifice the correct form and posture in exchange for the quicker completion of the workout. Moreover, improper and incorrect form during strength training, especially at high speed with heavy weights, is the fastest way to get severely injured.
Without being in a gym equipped with squat racks, bumper places, kettlebells and medicine balls… and so on and so forth so often required in a CrossFit workout, you’ll be modifying the workout with equipment you can find around since you probably won’t have all the equipment. The effect may be similar but it is still not the same. For example, you might not be working out the intended muscle group but somewhere else (which yoou already have in the previous training) instead with a modified program due to the lack of equipment.
Also, a huge part of CrossFit is the supportive community aspect that comes with each gym. There’s always that feeling of team work and camaraderie from completing a workout together. You certainly can’t find that while doing CrossFits workouts alone, at home.
So… Is CrossFit for me?
Whether you’re a beginner who hasn’t worked out since you landed your first job or an ex-sports person with many championship title to your list, you can make CrossFit be for you. Intensity and load of the workout can be scaled to your needs and abilities.
If you are still skeptical but really want to find out if CrossFit is for you, there is no better way to find out after reading all these than to try it out yourself. Most CrossFit classes will let you attend one trial class (prices vary from each trial class or trial month). Head down physically and experience a CrossFit gym for yourself.
Gather your opinions on the class. Was the trainer providing you with sufficient attention and giving you constructive feedback during the workout – he is the one ensuring that you will enjoy a safe workout on your way to an all-inclusive fitness. Are other members supportive and welcoming – these are the people that you will be sweating it out with, do you feel comfortable around them? A good community can affect our performance greatly, especially in CrossFit sessions which asks you to push yourself to your limits during each session.
However, one session is definitely far too little for you to be able to wholly judge your CrossFit experience in that particular gym. What’s more important is your determination, motivation and mindset. Be determined and motivated enough to complete the workout to the best of your abilities and go with an open and accepting mind to classes.
While CrossFitters will be head-over-heels about CrossFits, inevitably, there will be a group of anti-fans. Some thinks the lack of specialization is insufficient to amount to anything, and has no real element in “fitness” or too much high frequency intensity and/or repetition for starters.
Also, since a large part of why CrossFit can be so exciting is due to the community aspect of working out together with a class of fitness-addicts driven by the same motivation to complete the workout, CrossFit cannot entice a person who loves working out alone. If you like going solo then maybe CrossFit won’t be your thing. But, you never know if you never try and you may be pleasantly surprised!
Don’t let these negative sentiments get into your head, there will always be two sides to a coin. Besides, engaging in CrossFit gets you to do something rather than nothing. Try it out and make judgments for yourself.
Where can I sign up for CrossFit classes?
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CrossFit Unit’s mission is to cultivate a holistic fitness lifestyle through continued varied functional motions; forging progressive fitness and better health.
Introductory, Fundamental and Regular classes with a series of schedules to tailor their classes to your needs are available at CrossFit Unit. They believes that classes should be fun and enriching in a subtle manageable manner.
Introductory class fee: S$20 per session
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The people over at Reebok CrossFit Enduro are wildy motivated and they hope to motivate you too. “Just like you we have our dreams and aspirations. Besides getting fit we constantly seek to improve every, yes EVERY, aspect of our daily lives. At CrossFit Reebok Enduro we look forward to working closely with you in order to reach your goals.”
Introductory class fee: $400 one month trial (Membership is currently capped but contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place your name on their waiting list)
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Led by Head Coach Samuel Lim and featured in the media several times, coaches are friendly and approachable. Feel free to email them if you have any CrossFit class related questions or if you want someone to talk to, to find out if CrossFit is suitable for you.
Introductory class fee: S$35 per session
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People over at CrossFit Singapore are dead serious about their workouts and will not entertain uninformed walk-ins. They are the first legitimate CrossFit affiliate in Singapore and has since groomed more than 30 CrossFit level 1 Trainers fromm the Box alone.
Introductory class fee: $400 one month trial
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“At CrossFit Hub, we work hard, play hard and keep fit the efficient way. We learn to conquer our fears and overcome our weaknesses. The greatest challenge is not to be the best, but to be the best that you can be. And we welcome anyone to join us on this amazing journey!” CrossFit hub believes that fitness is for everyone, that’s why they keep their prices (full membership) low.
Introductory class fee: S$30 per session
Cross over to the other side and get fit with friends and other CrossFit fanatics. Everybody has to start somewhere and CrossFit is a good start to your fitness journey. So, call up the CrossFit gym and get going with your introductory class!