What is Crossfit?

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You’ve probably heard the name Crossfit all over social media and magazines in the past year and if you haven’t then you’ve basically lived a sheltered life in a dark room playing world of warcraft and not washing for months on end.

If you don’t know what Crossfit is then just take a look at the following vid, which shows you some of the exercises and movements you WILL be doing in your WOD (workout of the day) if you grow a set of balls and join your nearest Crossfit Box.

Basically Crossfit is a fitness program with functional movements including a mixture of olympic lifting, gymnastics and aerobic exercises measured in a timed and scored workout called a WOD (workout of the day) that is always varied and changes.

Some of the main exercises include squats (air, front, back and overhead), pull ups, presses, jerks, cleans, deadlifts, skipping (double unders, which are two rotations of the rope in one jump), running, kettlebells, box jumps, head stand press ups and press ups.

If you live in South Wales there are a few boxes that have opened up in the last couple of years with Dragon Crossfit in Cardiff, Celtic Crossfit in Llantrisant and the Crossfit Box I joined about 6 months ago is Caerphilly Crossfit.

There are many personal trainers out there and gyms saying they teach or can take crossfit but the Crossfit name can only be used by affiliated gyms. To start the classes at a Crossfit box you have to do an on-ramp or fundamentals class before they let you lose in the normal WOD’s these classes teach you the  basic techniques for the main lifting and pulling exercises with a plastic pipe so you don’t injure yourself using a weighted bar.

If you to join a good Crossfit gym in South Wales then I can definitely recommend the Caerphilly Crossfit box. Head over to the Caerphilly Crossfit website and contact the coaches to book an on ramp place for the upcoming class.

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