There is regular exercise, and then there’s CrossFit

Your strength and endurance have never seen anything like this.

It is the ultimate gym work: CrossFit is not for everyone, but with effort and a good dose of sacrifice anyone can aspire to be a good athlete in this sport. From lifting weights combined with push-ups to abs mixed with pull-ups, all forms of exercises practiced in the gym, led to the maximum, make CrossFit a unique practice.

At first CrossFit was, and so remains, the name of a company. Founded in 2000 and specialized in military forces training, particularly in the area of strength and physical endurance, it quickly expanded to other markets, such as the high competition martial art fighters or sportsmen. Later, the company became a franchise of gyms, which now has 10.000 places for lovers of this specific sports art.

In the words of the company itself, composed by the recently-divorced couple Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai, CrossFit is “fitness with a distinct typology, the way it is practiced, but fundamentally because it has a generalist character. CrossFit is not specialized, it is though, a way of developing fighting, survival and various sports skills.” In fact, and although training sessions can be short, they are characterized by being immensely intense, and they include varied activities such as carrying heavy objects, flip tires, lift weights, jump or climb ropes, do sprints and paddling, among many others.

Of course, knowing this beforehand can demotivate you. But don’t give up just yet. Over time (and practicing, of course) you’ll get used to the demands of exercise and will quickly be able to achieve a good level as a CrossFit athlete. Moreover, you cannot forget that the important thing is always the sport – no one is asking you to become Sylvester Stallone or Ronda Rousey.

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