It’s A Functional Movement Program
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS = MOVEMENTS THAT LIFE DEMANDS
These are natural movement patterns like squat, hinge, press, pull and carry. Movements that you do in your natural daily tasks. For example sitting down and getting up out of a chair, an air squat , picking up a box from the floor, a deadlift, stocking your groceries in a high shelf, a shoulder press.
They are essential practicing in the gym or not because you need these movements in life. However, when you lose the ability to perform these essential movements you lose the ability to live independently. Which means that you need to start practicing them if you don’t want to finish your life in a nursing home.
Use it or lose it !
The best characteristics of FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS is they are capable of moving large loads, for long distances and fast.Force, distance and time these three variables are used to calculate power.
Functional Movement = Power
What Is CrossFit?
CrossFit is an exercise program that approaches constantly varied FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS, executed at high intensity. Incorporates weightlifting, gymnastics, kettlebells,aerobic training and big variety of exercises.
CrossFit started in early 2000’s and has been evolving a lot a long of the years. But unfortunately many coaches cannot separate the CrossFit sport to the CrossFit for health and fitness. The general population don’t need to train like CrossFit athletes they just want learn new skills, get stronger, and become healthier.
CrossFit is beyond the workout of the day, is about a community who gives you support to be your better version. People who share common interests and goals. And you will be able to find people with different backgrounds, professions but with the same aims that are become healthy, get their exercise done and have fun. One amazing environment where you can make new good friends .
5 Points To Consider When Choosing a CrossFit Gym
1- Quality of coaching
Doesn’t matter what is your current level of fitness or how long you have been training. You need as much coaching as someone who is starting. And there is a huge importance in having someone who has experience and wisdom to teach. Knowledge is everything.
The first thing that a CrossFit Coach must prioritize is to teach your students how to live a healthy lifestyle. How to eat in the right way, how to recover properly, how to warm up properly, and how to correctly perform the exercises used in the training program. A good CrossFit coach preaches technique first and leads by example.
2- Fundamental Classes/ On-Ramp System
A good CrossFit Gym must have an On-Ramp system, Fundamentals classes or Beginner’s course as you prefer to call. Every CrossFit gym that is worried about doesn’t throw beginners in a class with squat snatches on their first day.
Fundamentals classes make all difference in a beginner’s fitness journey. Because in these classes they will learn: The terminology, what is CrossFit, the fundamental movements like squats, deadlifts, presses, pull ups and nutrition.
3- Systemized Warm Up Routines
The Warm up is the main part of the class where you can work on your mobility with self-myofascial release, stretching, joint mobilizations and muscle activation techniques.
Is the part of the classes where you can work on weak links. Specific warm-ups are crucial to work on technique before weightlifting ,gymnastics, running, skipping and rowing workouts.
4- Structured Training program
A good CrossFit gym must have strength and conditioning program that respects the variables volume and intensity principles. And follow the 6 fundamental movements patterns squat, hinge, push ,pull , lunge and carry. In one way that is safe and efficient for all members. Everyone can get benefits from well structured strength and conditioning program.
By the way, a good program is the most important to make people to get results and live longer which reduces the risk of many conditions, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and certain types of cancer.
CrossFit is one of the most powerful exercise program for losing weight, building strength, agility, and flexibility, and improving your aerobic fitness.
But, if you have any medical condition or injury. You must see a doctor before you start, and make sure that you will find a place with good coaches that will give you all support in your Fitness Journey.