The history of CrossFit
The history of this sport tells that in 1974 in southern California, a college student of only 18 years named Greg Glassman, gets his first session of gymnastics training at the YWCA. When working with athletes in several gyms in southern California, he realizes that the traditional bodybuilding exercise routines were inefficient and did not improve physical condition in relation to the amount of dedicated training time, so he decides to focus on a training program that is durable and that emphasizes the varied functional movements performed at high intensity in the exercise routines.
Thus, Greg Glassman was the one who gave it a name and entity and knew how to make it known throughout the world. This North American who was dedicated to train police with this method in sunny California got in 1995 the first gym affiliated with CrossFit in the city of Santa Cruz and became the epicenter of the movement. Greg Glassman began to use techniques to train police in California. Later it was used to train marines, firemen and the US military. Today Greg Glassman continues to lead the movement with over 2,700 CrossFit Box affiliated with him.
What is the CrossFit?
This sport is a system of physical conditioning based on constantly varied exercises, with functional training movements, executed at high intensity.
The CrossFit is a training technique that links movements of different disciplines at the same time, such as: weightlifting, metabolic training or gymnastics, all with the aim of maintaining a purely corporal stability.
The CrossFit aims to develop human abilities and capacities: as cardiovascular and respiratory resistance, durable muscular endurance, strength, better flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, better balance and precision. By exposing the person to as many scenarios and combinations of movements as possible, an adaptation is achieved that prepares them for the unknown and the unlikely.
At present thousands of people adapted this discipline as lifestyles. The training of the day is a very important concept of CrossFit. It consists of undertaking a program of exercises, push-ups, traction, in a determined time and with a defined number of times. The particularity of the WOD is the chaining of very varied and new exercise.
The CrossFit has as principles to keep intact the long-term motivation of athletes. Beyond physical training, there is discipline and the CrossFit in general focus on the mental issue. It is a way of life that must be adopted. The biggest advantage of the CrossFit is its effectiveness against physical conditioning in general. Combining cardiovascular work and muscular work.
How can you practice the CrossFit?
The CrossFit or WOD workouts last approximately 60 minutes and are structured as follows:
Warm up: Pre-heating is carried out to avoid possible injuries. The warm-up exercises are usually jump rope, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, spinals, among others.
Technique of strength A: In this part of the training the technique of different exercises is practiced in which strength, technique and power are developed. In addition, the largest amount of weight that one can do is sought depending on the exercise and the number of repetitions given. The exercises are usually Back or Front squat, Deadlift, Snatch, Hang clean, Hang clean and jerk, Planks, Bench Press, among others. Sometimes they are combined.
Technique Part B: This is the most intense training moment in which the amount of weight is reduced compared to part A and the aim is to increase respiratory capacity. Usually it is combinations of the exercises previously described in part A and others without weight or resistance as for example: jumps, pull-ups, rings, push-ups, sit-ups, running at full speed, swinging, pistols, push-ups doing the handstand, among others.