In case you haven’t heard of the fitness phenomenon CrossFit, let me give you a brief introduction.
CrossFit’s official description is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.
In English? It’s a combination of weightlifting (like deadlifts), gymnastics (like pull ups) and metabolic conditioning (like running) that stop your body from finding a routine and comfort zone. The only downside is that during every class you’ll question your sanity (the workouts are brutal) and you’re likely to ache on the daily.
The upside is that it gives you a lifetime of improvements and dopamine-inducing group workouts, plus you’ll feel like you have an instant new bae every time you see someone in a ‘Forging Elite Fitness’ or Rogue t shirt wherever you go.
When did CrossFit start?
CrossFit has been around since 2001 but has soared in popularity over the last decade with the annual Reebok CrossFit Games bringing the sport of fitness into the mainstream. Globally there are over 13,000 affiliate gyms, so training at a CrossFit box is like being part of a really fit global club with a secret language (if you know what a WOD or an AMRAP is, you my friend can feel smug right now).
How do I get into CrossFit?
Once you’ve done the introductory Foundation Course run at your local gym, you can rock up to any CrossFit box in the world and train – brilliant if you’re like me and love both travel and meeting new people.
If you haven’t tried it yet, this week is a really good time to start. Not only do the CrossFit Games start on 3rd August, we have some pretty awesome Brits in the individual female and team categories who are well worth a watch and will definitely serve as inspiration to get you signed up for your closest CrossFit class.
Check out these Instagram accounts for more on what CrossFit is all about:
@meglovegrove – part of @team_crossfit_JST, absolutely lovely and your new girl crush. Muscles, abs for days, a big smile and a hell of a hard working attitude sum up Megan. Follow her and prepare to be INSPIRED into action!
@squatbot – social media guru for Reebok, Sarah is my favourite CrossFitter (I know you’re not supposed to have favourites, but follow Sarah and you’ll see why I’ve made an exception). Always chilled out, Squatbot has a head for tekkers and a heart for adventure and watermelon. Between the two of us we’re bringing you coverage of the CrossFit Games on instagram, so stick @reebokuk on your follow list to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Double tap if you're hanging out for the weekend!! Happy hump day 💪 I've been working on my calisthenics tricks ever since watching Bar Battles a few weeks ago in Eindhoven. My shoulder mobility is improving, but I've still got a lot of work to do! Love skin the cats for shoulder mobility and they are also great for your abs! Wearing @reebokwomenuk #GirlSquad #cityseries
@ashi_9 does CrossFit amongst other crazy things like Spartan Races. She’s also a PT at Gymbox so you can book in for a session with her and witness her megawatt smile for yourself! Ash is part of the Reebok #GirlSquad and if you follow her on Instagram you’ll pick up plenty of training tips (and find your new gym stash too).
@joetayla – muscle ups, competitions and COFFEE. Joe trains up in Leeds and his instagram is packed with crazy WODs, mad muscle ups and Contact Coffee (which I’m still yet to try). Give him a follow and watch out for the crazy post-training facial expressions.
Now here come the thank yous! ••• First of all to all the @crossfitgames staff, volunteers and judges for putting on a fantastic competition everything ran so smoothly 😘 ••• Thank you to everyone who watched in the stands and online your support, energy and cheers are what makes competing all the more fun … the atmosphere in there was electric ⚡️ ••• My family and @nicole_ann_holcomb for your continued support and for believing in me even when I don't ❤️ ••• My coach and general all round yoda @jamesjowseytraining for getting me through my shoulder surgery and back on the dance floor 💃🏼 ••• My sponsors @reebok @roguefitness @progenex @glc2000uk @buffboxmeals @compex_uk for enabling me to do what I love 💪🏻 ••• All the guys @trainmanchester for suffering with me & @mcquaid175 for being the best training partner pushing me to be better 🏋🏻♀️ ••• Lastly to @thephysiolounge and Charis Louca for keeping my body in tip top shape back home & @talaynaf for looking after me this weekend 🙌🏻 ••• Love you all #gamesbound
@bicepslikebriggs – Three things you need to know: She’s called Sam, she’s from Manchester and she is a total badass. Just search ‘Sam Briggs Murph 2015’ on YouTube to watch her complete one of CrossFit’s toughest workouts, beating all the women and half the men in her field.
Give CrossFit a try
Want to give it a try? Find your closest CrossFit box here: www.crossfit.com.
Find out how you can watch the Reebok CrossFit Games here: www.games.crossfit.com.