What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a branded, specific type of workout regimen that involves near constant movement and a specific blend of exercises focused on intensity and a fast pace. CrossFit was first developed in the year 2000 by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai and is now one of the biggest fitness/exercise chains in the world. Currently they have over twelve thousand CrossFit centers operating in over one hundred and fifty countries throughout the world. CrossFit is more than just a fad exercise platform – it’s really more of a lifestyle – and it incorporates various different disciplines including strength training, calisthenics, weightlifting and extreme cardio. Flexibility, stamina and endurance all play a factor in becoming a successful CrossFit athlete. CrossFit athletes perform what are known as “Workouts of the Day” (WODS) that combine a staggering amount of different kinds of exercises and a standard WOD will see the athlete perform plyometric exercises, calisthenics, weight training, certain types of gymnastics and interval training. The “10 components of fitness”, according to CrossFit, are accuracy, strength, endurance, stamina, speed, power, flexibility, agility, balance and coordination. The model for a CrossFit workout is an hour long time period where the athletes will perform a warm up, learn a new skill and then perform the workout of the day. Afterwards there is a warm down/stretching period. The workouts vary daily and there are tons of different WODS – all focusing on intensity and keeping the heart rate up. Progress made by the CrossFit athletes is measured and ranked amongst the other athletes in order to foster competition. Moreover, CrossFit has been picked up by many military organizations and law enforcement agencies (police and firefighters for example) as well as professional sports clubs and various educational institutions and top tier college athletic programs. The extreme pace and exertion undertaken during a WOD has lead to some criticism as injuries can take place when athletes are performing, or attempting to perform, at high levels over long periods of time.
What Muscles are used in a CrossFit Workout?
If ever there was a “total body workout” CrossFit is it! CrossFit athletes will see increased weight loss, increased strength and especially increased stamina. CrossFit workouts of the day shock the body. Because there is such a large amount of shoulder/overhead training – the shoulders, deltoids and backs of CrossFit athletes will need to be in strong working order. The anterior, posterior and lateral parts of the deltoids will all be relied on heavily during a WOD. The CrossFit athlete will also utilize the hamstrings, quads and glutes as well as the triceps and the body’s midsection/core. CrossFit demands a lot of stamina and cardio from the athletes and typically injuries are sustained simply from too much exertion on the body. It is important to know your limits and – especially when beginning – it is extremely important for CrossFit athletes to practice good form and listen to what their bodies are telling them. As athletes master the exercises necessary in a WOD they will be able to amp up the intensity and improve their scores/rankings within the CrossFit community.
Nutrition for CrossFit Athletes
CrossFit athletes need, in general, a diet with a lot of carbohydrates in order to recover from their strenuous workouts. In general, a balanced CrossFit meal will have a high-grade source of protein and a great deal of vegetables. Clean fats are also recommended. Basically, CrossFit officially recommends a balanced diet of veggies that are low in starch, lean meats such as chicken or fish, fruits, nuts and low or no sugary foods. The goal is to manage the athlete’s hunger whilst simultaneously providing enough clean nutrition to allow the body to recover from the rigors of the WODS. Good options for the CrossFit athlete could be tuna salad; salmon with veggies, chicken on the grill with veggies or oatmeal/steel cut oats with fruit on top. Nutrition will need to be paired with plenty of rest and recovery for a CrossFit athlete to perform at their peak. Again, CrossFit is an assault on the body and the athletes need to listen to what their body is telling them and adjust their workouts accordingly.
‘Balanced Energy’ for CrossFit Athletes
We here at Vitagaming think that ‘Balanced Energy’ is the perfect addition to the CrossFit athlete’s nutrition plan. ‘Balanced Energy’ is specifically formulated to provide a natural, lasting source of clean energy and stamina. It contains powerful adaptogens like Rhodiola, Rosea, Bacopa Monnieri, Red Panax ginseng, Yerba Mate, and Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom. These are all plant-based ingredients which have been revered by ancient healers because of their medicinal properties and are now being rediscovered by modern science for their clinically proven abilities to protect an athlete’s body and mind against stress and injury. ‘Balanced Energy’, combined with proper form and complete nutrition will enable CrossFit athletes to gain an edge over their competitors, recover faster and improve their scores as time goes on. ‘Balanced Energy’ is non-GMO and gluten free and would be an excellent addition to the CrossFit athlete’s training and dietary regimen.