You’ve heard of CrossFit, but do you really know what it is?

CrossFit seems to be all of the rage nowadays. First off, per the official CrossFit website, it is a workout with constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit is a mixture of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Sounds intimidating, right? Wrong. CrossFit is arguably one of the most interchangeable workouts. When I say interchangeable, I mean that each CrossFit workout is catered towards what your limits are. The weight load and intensity changes so just because one person is doing the max load, it does not mean that you have to as well.

With that said, CrossFit is for all ages. From people of older age to children and everyone in between.  There’s ONE workout each day that is completely scalable based on your skill so while someone is squatting with 135lbs, you can squat with what your body is able to handle. Generally speaking, most CrossFitters workout three days on with one day off. In those workouts, you’re giving your workout your best effort because typically, CrossFitters are rewarded for finishing their workout in the least amount of time.

Because you are trying to finish your workout the quickest, CrossFit provides a supportive, yet competitive atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that CrossFit has a cult-like following. Arguably, because of the competitive nature, an amateur could push their body past their point and cause harm. This is where the support of CrossFit comes in because other CrossFitters and coaches are there to help you slow yourself down if you’re not ready.

So can you do CrossFit workouts at home? Yes! Most CrossFit gyms put their WOD (workout of the day) on their website or Facebook page so you can easily follow it at home should you have the necessary equipment. However, be careful that while you can workout at home, it may not smart to if you’re just starting out. The support provided in CrossFit gyms is lacking at home if you’re by yourself. That means, no one is there to spot you or help you take a step back to breathe when you need it.

If you’re interested in joining CrossFit but are unsure where to start, check your local gym. By going to a local gym, you will be able to meet up with certified coaches who will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have. Who knows, maybe they’ll even be able to offer you free tours or classes to help you get a feel of the gym. Either way, don’t count out CrossFit until you’ve experienced it yourself!