CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness. Anyone who has been in the fitness community for an extended period of time has most likely come across the CrossFit craze. Any amount of research will tell you their tagline is not just a marketing tactic. These participants (referred to as "athletes" in the CrossFit world) quite literally forge, to make or shape an object by heating it up, their bodies into becoming the best they can be. This program was designed to push individuals to their maximum fitness by providing a support system in trainers (referred to as "coaches") and other athletes.
While battling Polio from a young age, Greg Glassman, CEO and Founder of CrossFit, was determined to be able to put up a fight at all times and trained extremely hard despite this obstacle. Little did he know that the workout regimen he developed at 16 years old would turn into a worldwide community of dedicated fitness followers.
The CrossFit Community is not meant for the faint of heart. Beginners typically meet “Pukey” within their first few sessions. Pukey is the fond friend that you meet once you have pushed your body so hard that you end up vomiting. It is almost a rite of passage for CrossFitters. But the program continues to challenge you each step of the way. Glassman has even said, “It can kill you,” in an interview with The New York Times. Loaded with aspects from gymnastics, weight lighting, running, and rowing, CrossFit is meant to increase an individual’s physical competency in the ten domains of fitness defined by Glassman, which includes power, agility, balance, and speed. With fundamental movements from various sports, athletes are prepared to take on any undertaking with a great amount of strength and endurance.
One of the biggest events in the world of CrossFit is the Annual Games. Held in Carson, California, the Games have become a worldwide gathering of athletes competing to be named the “Fittest On Earth.” Participants must go through a gut-wrenching three-stage track to even see the chance of winning. The games have attracted a mass audience making CrossFit one of the fastest growing sports today.
As the New Year approaches, maybe you are looking to change up your routine or just find a group of like-minded people trying to achieve new levels of fitness. Whatever your reason may be, if you are signing up to be a CrossFitter, get ready! It will push you to the extreme to help you accomplish things you never thought possible. And that is just day one.