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What is CrossFit?

So everyone is talking about CrossFit, but what is it exactly? One common definition of CrossFit is as follows: “constantly varied, functional movements done at a high intensity.” At CrossFit Tidewater, we believe CrossFit is an excellent part of a healthy lifestyle, keeping bodies strong and healthy.

CrossFit Tidewater workouts are based on the following workout principles:
1. Accuracy
2. Agility
3. Balance
4. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
5. Coordination
6. Flexibility
7. Power
8. Speed
9. Stamina
10. Strength

CrossFit Exercises

Use bodyweight as well other equipment. Our “box”—the official name for a CrossFit gym—is fully equipped and includes the following fitness items:

• Ab mats
• Bumper plates
• Climbing ropes
• GHD machines
• Kettlebells
• Medicine balls
• Olympic weights
• Pullup bars
• Slam balls
• Sledge hammers
• Tires
• TRX bands

Every day in CrossFit there is a different WOD (workout of the day). Each session, which lasts about an hour, includes the following elements: a warmup, the core portion of the workout, and a cool down.

Is CrossFit for Everyone?

Who can do CrossFit? Anyone can! In any of our classes, you will find people of all ages and fitness abilities. WODs can be easily modified to take into account a participant’s strengths and weaknesses. And there is no truth to the myth that you need to get into shape to start CrossFit. CrossFit is set up so everyone can get started, regardless of fitness level.

Is CrossFit Safe?

There is a lot of talk these days about the safety of CrossFit. The fact of the matter is this: CrossFit is safe because we have good coaches who work with our athletes to ensure proper form is followed. In addition, CrossFit incorporates movements the body is already designed to do—and it makes the body stronger when it comes to doing those movements. CrossFit Tidewater builds its workouts on these movements and diligent coaching ensures good form is maintained so you can avoid any injuries.

What Is a CrossFit Workout Like?

Forget about a boring hour on the elliptical at one of those 24-hour big box gyms. CrossFit workouts tend to be a lot shorter—but a lot more intense. And with all the talk these days of the benefits of high-intensity interval training, CrossFit enthusiasts will agree. CrossFit Tidewater workouts incorporate gymnastics, plyometrics, springs, and Olympic weightlifting. You’ll still get your butt kicked—but in a shorter amount of time and at a higher level of intensity. Don’t waste one more minute phoning in your workout on the treadmill or stair climber. Enjoy better results in a shorter amount of time. The high-intensity training you’ll find CrossFit, and movements such as the deadlift, squat, snatch, clean, overhead press, and others lower body fat and increase strength in participants who work out regularly. Just ask any CrossFitter!

What Are Some of the Specific WODs at CrossFit Tidewater?

Here are some of the popular WODs you can expect:
You’ll need to master the somewhat infamous double-under (jumping time every two jumprope revolutions)to complete “Annie,” because you’ll be doing 150 of them. Here’s Annie, for time:
50 Double-unders
50 Situps
40 Double-unders
40 Situps
30 Double-unders
30 Situps
20 Double-unders
20 Situps
10 Double-unders
10 Situps

“Fran” is a benchmark WOD consists of the following, and is done for time:
21 Thrusters
21 Pullups
15 Thrusters
15 Pullups
9 Thrusters
9 Pullups

Ultimately, your goal will be to perform 20 rounds in 20 minutes.

Why Else Might I Like CrossFit?

One of the best things about CrossFit, other than getting your butt kicked on a regular basis, is the group camaraderie. Why sweat alone when you can do it with a group of like-minded folks who will keep you accountable and encourage you every step of the way? At CrossFit Tidewater, we take a lot of pride in creating a warm, welcoming environment. Our members are fun, friendly, and fit individuals who will help you get the most out of your workouts.

Try out CrossFit Tidewater! There has never been a better time to be in the best shape you’ve ever been in. Give us a call today and give CrossFit Tidewater a try!