CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that has gained immense popularity in recent years. It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing and other forms of exercise into one workout. Our CrossFit sessions last one hour, but the actual workout portion only lasts 10 to 20 minutes depending on the intensity of the workout. The rest of the hour is filled with warm-up (including training/coaching) and mobility. So what does an average CrossFit session look like?
The CrossFit Session
A typical CrossFit session begins with a general warm-up routine. This includes things like jogging, jumping jacks and dynamic stretches. Continuing on after the general warm up, the session moves into the specific warm up where each and every athlete is taught all the movements for the workout and scaling or modification options are utilized to tailer the workout to each athlete. After the general and specific warm up period, athletes usually do some mobility work to improve range of motion and flexibility. Mobility exercises include foam rolling, stretching and dynamic movements such as wall slides and glute bridges.
Once the warm-up and mobility exercises are complete, athletes transition into their main workout which incorporates cardiovascular exercises like running or rowing, weight training incorporating barbells, dumbbells or kettlebells and bodyweight movements such as pull-ups or push-ups. Each workout is tailored to its participants’ skill levels by providing options for scaling each exercise accordingly. The goal of every session is to push yourself while also maintaining form and technique throughout the entire duration of the session.
Following their main workout, athletes take part in a cool down routine which consists of static stretching. This type of stretching helps remove lactic acid build up in the muscles which allows them to heal faster and reduces post-workout aches and pains. Finally athletes are encouraged to track their performance after each session by logging their score (e.g., time taken) on a tracking app or notebook so they can measure their progress over time.
CrossFit sessions aren’t just about pushing your physical limits; they incorporate elements of community — another key element of CrossFit’s appeal — allowing participants to support each other through these high intensity workouts when it starts getting tough!
All in all CrossFit is an intense yet rewarding way to stay fit that provides an amazing sense of satisfaction after accomplishing a challenging workout surrounded by likeminded individuals who share similar goals for overall health and fitness success!