Tuesday: 10 Reasons

Tuesday: 10 Reasons

Are you STILL wondering about how awesome CrossFit training is? Are you STILL looking for another reason to start training at High Voltage – Twice voted Burbank’s BEST CrossFit gym in a row and twice voted the WORLD’s BEST box in a row?

Ok…then we’ve got 10 reasons!

Here CrossFit Games 2nd Place Finisher and All Around Bad Ass Matt Chan shares his top ten reasons why you should try CrossFit!

  1. Results – That’s what we’re all after right? Whether you’re after decreased body fat increased muscle mass improved triglycerides or stronger bones CrossFit produces measurable results that are visible in blood tests and in the mirror.  Who doesn’t want to look good naked?!?
  2. GPP – CrossFit is a General Physical Preparedness program that prepares you well for life’s demands.  No matter how simple the task by practicing a wide array of functional movements you’ll be increasing your longevity and independence.  Gone are the days of “back and bi’s chest and tri’s.”  Welcome to a world where routine is the enemy and the certainty is change.
  3. Universal scalability – Whether you’re a professional athlete out of shape or a retiree the CrossFit program is adapted to suit the needs of any individual.  We scale the loads repetitions or even the exercises and produce the same fitness. Should Grandma do CrossFit?  Absolutely!  Will it look very different from a CrossFit Games-level athlete? Without a doubt.
  4. Neurological sufficiency – By practicing functional movements that are inescapable in daily life you’re learning to move safely and efficiently.  For example though the deadlift might sound dangerous any time you pick an object off the ground you’re completing a deadlift.  By practicing the movement you’re wiring your body to perform the movement well.
  5. Mindset – CrossFitters experience many adaptations to the program but one of the biggest is the adaptation that occurs between the ears.  CrossFit requires hard work and hard work is uncomfortable.  One of the greatest elements of CrossFit is the mental toughness that it creates and carries into all aspects of life.
  6. Off-season training – There are a lot of sports that people participate in that are seasonal (triathlon skiing climbing football…) and require a sport-specific skillset.  CrossFit is an amazing program for off-season training to improve fitness as a whole by developing cardiovascular/respiratory endurance stamina strength flexibility power speed coordination accuracy agility and balance. By bringing each of these specific capacities up athletes perform better in-season.
  7. Community – Experience a community unlike any other.  CrossFit at an affiliate such as CrossFit Verve is more than just exercise.  You’ll celebrate personal records alongside other athletes (all participants are considered athletes no matter what level).  You’ll have the opportunity to experience community events such as Paleo potlucks competitions (as a spectator or as an athlete) team events learning workshops and subject matter expert lectures.  Or you can just come in on an active rest day and mobilize your tired muscles and chat with friends.
  8. Affordability – A point of contention for many people.  There are several options for getting involved with CrossFit from personal training ($$$) to small group training at an affiliate ($$) to working out on your own utilizing CrossFit.com (free!). The most common route is starting at an affiliate where you’ll be taught the skills necessary to complete a WOD (workout of the day) be coached through a WOD and then be cooled down.  Try getting that for $100-200 at a “Globo-gym.”
  9. A change of pace – Losing the excitement you used to have for exercise?  Well keep it going!  Because the workout changes everyday you’ll find yourself clicking refresh on your affiliate’s WOD blog (a guilty pleasure of all CrossFitters) each night until the new workout is released.  You’ll find yourself getting butterflies in your stomach on the way to the gym and you’ll be rushing with endorphins as you leave.
  10. Fun – CrossFit is making working out fun again.  This is the biggest point for most people.  By combining elements from the list above CrossFit will leave you sweating smiling and wanting more.  Don’t believe me?  Call a buddy and attend a free “intro class” at your local affiliate.  Most allow one or two free drop-ins to get a feel for the culture at the gym.  If you don’t like one try another!

Skill: Back Squat: Sets of 3 Reps; 31×2
WOD: 5 min AMRAP rest 3 min x 3 sets
1.
100m Run
7x burpee
5x Jumping Pull Ups/regular pull ups

2.
100m Run
7x Box Jump/Step Up
5x Wall Ball

3. 100m Run
7x Burpee
5x Jumping Pull Ups/Regular Pull Ups

Skill: Back Squat: Sets of 3 Reps; 31×2
WOD: 5 min AMRAP rest 3 min x 3 sets
1.
100m Run
7x burpee
5x Jumping Pull Ups/regular pull ups

2.
100m Run
7x Box Jump/Step Up
5x Wall Ball

3. 100m Run
7x Burpee
5x Jumping Pull Ups/Regular Pull Ups

All Levels:
Ax4-5. Back Squat: Sets of 3 Reps; 31×2

B. 5 min AMRAP rest 2 min 5 min AMRAP rest 2 min 5 min AMRAP:
score is total rounds combined – start at the space you left off on for the previous roud
1. 5 min AMRAP
100m Run
8x Burpees w/jump & touch to bar
6x Pull Ups (advanced: CtB/2x Muscle Ups – can alternate)

2. 5 min AMRAP
100m run
8x Box Jumps
6x 2fer Wall Ball

3. 5 min AMRAP
100m Run
8x Burpees w/jump & touch to Bar
6x Pull Ups (advanced: CtB/2 Muscle Ups)