Cross Over To CrossFit: 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Try This Fitness Challenge

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#3 Constantly Changing Constantly Challenging

If boredom is creeping into your sweaty fun life, then CrossFit may be just what you need. CrossFit workouts vary by day, and as such they are called a WOD (short for Workout Of the Day). Some gyms create their own, while others use the daily routine posted on CrossFit.com. Each class is generally structured around the WOD–there’s a 10 to 15 minute warm up, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of certain skill work needed for the workout that’s coming up. And then after the WOD, there’s typically an easy cool down. Your load (how heavy you lift) and your intensity (how hard you go in) is totally up to you, so there you have it, a constantly changing constantly challenging sweaty workout option. Pow!

#4 Be About That Life Diva

Another element that I love about CrossFit is the sense of community that it creates. With over 9,000 affiliate gyms (or as they say “boxes”) nationwide, posses of determined, dedicated and diesel divas are completely taking over the fitness world. Yes, you heard me correctly, divas. You’d be surprised to know that the male-female ratios show women as the majority, with splits ranging from 60-40 and even up to 70-30. Who runs the world? Girls! So what are you waiting for sis, join in on the fun. P.S. Clarity on the word “diesel,” you absolutely wont “bulk up” lady! Unless you are on steroids, which I highly doubt/discourage. Real FitGirls lift, so be about that life. Plus the healthy competition is totally worth the membership since most gyms track and display your personal bests. This ensures that you are always in competition with your greatest competitor–yourself! Win, win.

#5 Pay Up To Shape Up

Speaking of membership, one of the major complaints against CrossFit is the high price tag. But hey “you get what you pay for!” CrossFit instructors are trained teachers and motivators, so if you’ve been thinking about hiring a personal trainer you can count on having one just by having a CrossFit membership. The groupings are often small therefore the amount of personal attention you receive is amplified. Here, let’s do the math: The average cost for a CrossFit membership ranges from $25 per class to $150 per month, whereas a private training session can cost anywhere from $50-$100+ per session. Welp that was easy–CrossFit seems like an investment worth making if you ask me ladies.

Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!

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