|CF girl using Rubber Bands|
- Session #1: Squats, Front squat, Overhead Squat
- Session #2: Squats, Press, Push-press, Push Jerk
- Session #3: Squats, Dead lift, Kettle bell swing
- Session #4: Squats, Pull-ups, Push-ups and Ring Dips
- Session #5: Squats, Sumo dead lift high pull, Box jumps
- Session #6: The barbell snatch
- Session #7: The clean & jerk
|gymnastic rings are awesome|
There are about ten or so movements that you do at CrossFit. They tend to vary the set and rep schemes of the WODs constantly, however you always seem to lift a barbell and you always do pull-ups from the same metal bars. Further variety could be introduced if they for example made you lift different objects besides barbells such as stones, logs and so forth. The same counts for pull-ups, if they changed the surface, thickness and the angle of the bar, CrossFit movements would be even broader. While on a MovNat workshop earlier this year I learned that this can make a huge difference. As soon as I had to climb a tree with a thicker branch or if the branch was sloping upwards it brought in new dimensions to the skill set required to pull yourself up. Also lifting a barbell is not the same as lifting a heavy stone or a log.
Having finished my beginner sessions and a few foundation classes, I have bought another 10 sessions so I can continue my CrossFit education. Despite all the criticism of the system in the press I really like going to CrossFit London and I am almost getting used to the slamming of weights on the floor, the heavy metal music and the grunting men. It's a great place to workout in the cold and dark winter days when access to parks become more challenging and less attractive. The workouts are always intense and different every time you do a session. Even if my exposure to CrossFit is still fairly limited, I feel I have already improved my strength in a way I couldn't have done on my own. Do not think that you have to be able to do full press and pull-ups to participate. The exercises are completely scalable to suit all levels. As an example they have these huge rubber bands in various sizes to help you do pull-ups. The rubber band takes some of your body weight which then enables people with poor upper body strength to work on their pull-ups.
I would encourage anyone to attend a session to evaluate for themselves if CrossFit is right for them. I can highly recommend the guys at CrossFit London in Bethnal Green, I feel safe in their hands. I intend to make CrossFit part of my own work-out routine but I will still continue doing many other movements like swimming and running to keep a nice and healthy balance.
CrossFit London in Bethnal Green http://www.crossfitlondonuk.com/.
Global website http://www.crossfit.com/