Let’s set the scene: you just screwed your heels into the floor, your hands are chalked up, your fingers wrapped courageously around the barbell, you close your eyes, nod affirmatively to yourself, and begin to deadlift the bar for a 3 rep max PR. On the second pull you pee a little, you keep going, and on the third lift you pee a bit more. You bless the leggings higher-ups that you’re not in your favorite grey leggings and add some more weight to the bar because you’re a badass and something like a little pee isn’t going to stop you.
What used to be a staple of 1970s gym classes has become a common test of gymnastic skill, coordination, upper body endurance, and grip strength for CrossFit Regionals and Games athletes. The rope climb comes up in CrossFit® training just often enough to cause stress and panic (for some folks!) each time it does.
Crawling is a multi-joint, close-chain locomotive exercise that requires reciprocal movement patterns, engages the entire body, and prepares the whole body for movement, Wickham explains. When we were babies, we crawled around until we were strong enough to stand on two feet. But once we graduated to walking we never really looked back. But it turns out that spending time on the floor as an adult as part of an exercise regime can make you a better athlete overall.
Walk into any standard gym, and you’ll see a line of treadmills and ellipticals, all occupied, while the rowing machines remain almost completely empty, which is ridiculous because rowing is an incredible workout, often burning more than 8 calories per minute. Meanwhile, rowing is the latest rage for fitness studios, and CrossFit® boxes are continuing to implement the erg into WOD’s as they have since 2010 when functional fitness hit the mainstream.
If the appearance of an Obstacle Course at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games was any proof, Obstacle Courses are having a moment in fitness right now. But Dave Castro isn’t the first to notice.
While the true functional fitness experience comes complete with blasted music, swole-mates, and a community to cheer you on can only really happen in a box, it’s possible to get in on the sweat-action from just about anywhere in as little as 10 to 20 minutes.
The buzz of counting macros is that you can have your cake (donuts, bagels, cookie dough, and big ole’ bowl of pasta) and make #gains in the weight room, too. The main tenet of macro counting is that meeting your daily intake of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fat) is the most important part of hitting your fitness goals.
Most people don’t realize it, but getting stronger and sleeping go hand in hand. In fact, sleep is one of THE most important components of the recovery cycle. “With each workout, you are essentially causing trauma to your body,” explains Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Dr. Grayson Wickham PT, DTD, CSCS. That means that every time you exercise you are creating microscopic tears in your muscles, which grow back stronger when they repair. These tears must repair in order to strengthen and grow the muscle tissue back bigger.
When asked why we love CrossFit® training, most of us will tell you it’s all about the community and personal growth we’ve experienced since joining a box. In herds, people sign up to give the sport a try, and end up shouting their undying love for the fitness trend that’s been holding strong for almost a decade now. For those who haven’t yet gotten into the craze, the culture can seem a bit cult-like and confusing; we have our own language, rituals, and insides jokes. And although CrossFit really is for everyone, there are certainly things that only CrossFitters understand.
Whether you’ve been doing of the sport for 3 months or 7 years, here are 15 laugh-out-loud realities you know all too well.
1. We Use The Gym As Excuse To Skip Happy Hour
“Sorry, I can’t come, I my CrossFit class starts at 8!” or “I can’t, I have an important date with my barbell”. To be honest, we really just don’t want to go out. Plus, we do have to get to the gym. Enjoy your happy hour while we get swole.
Five-months ago, I dove into my career as a CrossFitter head first… and yes, I do mean “career”. Two-weeks after purchasing my one-month “trial” membership, I starting working at the box I know call my office, gym, and even home. Forty to 45 hours a week I am surrounded by CrossFit® classes, CrossFit athletes, and CrossFit coaches. Three to 5 hours a week I am in the midst of a WOD, and 60% of the time I find myself talking about the workouts and throwing around the lingo I was oblivious to six months ago.
Opinion: Is fitness a preference, lifestyle, or hobby? And what impact does it have on our relationships?
It takes a special type of person to wake up at the crack of dawn for a sweat session, so it’s no surprise we have our own special (and little known) routines and habits. If you’ve been known to rise and grind, or should I say spin, you’re part of an elite group of early-risers and probably relate to some of these habits only morning exercisers understand.
after 4 years of working out in the evening during college and 6 months working out in the evening post-grad, I turned my sweat-schedule on its head and prepared to get my pump on a full 12-14 hours earlier in my day than my body had been accustomed. Here’s how it went:
All women should lift, and heavy. Really, lifting things up and putting them back down is one of the best things for both our bodies and minds. It’s the key to building some serious muscle, burning fat, feeling good and increasing energy levels.
But as we dedicate ourselves to our boxes, the barbell, and the #gains, the people around us might struggle… especially when we become more confident, redefine our values, and learn to trust in our own power and strength. Suddenly, we find ourselves faced with a lot of questions, comments, and general confusion from people who can’t understand how good lifting weights makes us feel. So while lifting may make us look and feel like total badasses, being a woman in the weight-room does involve some serious (and ridiculous) struggles.