My CrossFit Lifestyle

Thursday, June 25, 2015 • Mt Annan, AU

I am most definitely an example of a person who went from being a lazy, wishful thinker who just wanted to look good for himself to actually having that personally ideal body. The recipe is simple, you just have to work hard to get what you want, and there are no two ways about it! I have dabbled in many training methods to reach my goal, but nothing got me more interested in achieving my goals than CrossFit. Now, I know a lot of people are against that severe regime of working out, but I found a certain pleasure in it, as lots of other people did, too and have naturally grown accustomed to it the moment I saw results.


First off, people in time started to ask me what it is I actually do to shape and sculpt my body, or, to be precise, what CrossFit is and I always tell them that it’s somewhat of a lifestyle, a particular mind-set that helped me overcome psychosomatic difficulties that prevented me from physically (and mentally) being what I am today. You adapt your body to a high level of workout intensity that constantly varies and inevitably involves lots and lots of movement. However, it’s not like exact science, it’s not a specialized fitness program, but it optimizes your physical capabilities in almost every aspect. So if you want to excel in stamina, strength, raw power, speed, dexterity, balance, coordination, flexibility, etc… there’s currently no better choice.


Since it’s all about maximizing your capabilities, let me tell you what trainings look like in the first place. Along with all those combinations of elements, one of the key characteristics is working out on a daily basis, also known as “workout of the day”, or abbreviated WOD. You can exercise individually, or in a group, but the point is to be consistent, diligent and just keep putting your back into it. You can clean and jerk (C&J), deadlift (DL), front squat (FS), pull-up (PU), use dumbbells (DB), kettlebells (KB), or your own bodyweight (BW). There is practically a short abbreviation for everything, for instance, AMRAP is as many reps as possible, EMOM is every minute, on the minute, RX is reaching the prescribed goal, PR is striving for a personal record and RM is the maximum amount of weight that you can move for one repetition. As you can see, there are many approaches to exercising, you just have to choose which one appeals most to you. You can also check Wodnut for additional details if something has peaked your interest, as it once did mine, especially regarding the gear necessary for this vast variety of training sessions.


Also, bear in mind that it’s recommendable to get rid of all the bad habits and vices if you want to properly commit to this type of exercising regime in order to achieve the best results. I’m not saying you should give up on everything, but at least try to cut down alcohol and cigarette intake and try to get a decent amount of sleep of about 8 hours per day. Gear up for your training, train properly and responsibly, do not force the matter, invite some friends if you’re up to it and just keep your mind on the prize. Before you know it, you’ll start to feel the change in your body and your mind and, trust me, if you stay the course, the results will be most rewarding.