No! You will not have much luck with this philosophy. In reality, the only way to get fit for CrossFit is to DO CrossFit. Many beginners fear they will struggle to keep up to more experienced members. However, CrossFit is a universal fitness regimen that is completely scalable to all levels. We successfully use the same workouts to benefit all individuals regardless of their base fitness level and experience. Thai boxers interested in improving their conditioning have completed the same workout as elderly individuals looking to gain muscle mass. The key is in modifying movements and scaling weighted elements to accommodate for each.
Yes! Although intimidating at first, CrossFit is a fantastic way to jumpstart your weight loss journey. In the beginning, workouts can be scaled back to get your body accustomed to the workout intensity and requirements. As you begin to get stronger, fitter and shed weight, the workout intensity will be modified to constantly challenge your ability and level of fitness.
Yes! CrossFit workouts can be easily modified to work around current or past injuries. Coaches will recommend members avoid certain exercises that aggravate the injury. However, this generally does not limit the member or take away from their workout as there are an endless number of exercises and modifications that can be used. Members with injuries are encouraged to monitor their progress and note any pain as they work through the program.
No! It takes an extensive amount of training and heavy lifting for a woman to gain enough muscle mass to look ‘bulky’. Since the CrossFit program mixes weightlifting with gymnastics and endurance components, participants and women in particular, tend to develop a leaner more toned physique. The functional movement encourages a well proportioned, athletic looking build compared to that of a bodybuilder.
- AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds)as Possible
- BS: Back squat
- BW (or BWT): Body weight
- C&J: Clean and jerk
- DL: Deadlift
- FS: Front squat
- HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.
- KB: Kettlebell
- K2E: Knees to elbows.
- MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
- MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.
- OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above (and usually behind) the head.
- PR: Personal record
- PP: Push press
- Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
- Rx'd; as Rx'd: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.
- RM: Repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
- SDHP: Sumo deadlift high pull (see exercise section)
- Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3x10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
- SQ: Squat
- WOD: Workout of the day