Simple Crossfit Principles You Can Include to Improve Your Next Workout

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I've heard many CrossFit jokes before, as you have, one of them goes something like this. If a vegan also did CrossFit, which would they talk about first? That's it, that's the joke. When it was told to me, there wasn't actually a punch line. My girlfriend, who has done CrossFit for a few years, didn't appreciate this open-ended jab at CrossFit or Vegan. However, this is really a compliment. The workouts have improved her confidence and body image. If people love this form of exercise so much that they are notoriously going to talk about it, which my girlfriend did, that is a positive. CrossFit is the best way to improve your workout to get overall body fitness. It is excellent for men and women.

CrossFit athletes indeed like to talk about their workouts and box (gym), but that's because they enjoy the workouts, community, and especially the results so much. CrossFit’s benefits are significant for athletes in the Vancouver BC area, and you have many gym options in your area with current facilities around the city. A box close to you that will fit your needs and comfort level with personal trainers will help you reach your goals. One crucial factor is watching the participants for a bit before joining the watching form as form is essential, and many boxes let this go a little too much.

CrossFit is not a prescribed workout regiment but rather a focus on ten individual workout areas. These are cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. There are nine foundational movements CrossFit athletes learn for the majority of their workouts. These are air squat, front squat, overhead squat, overhead press, push press, push jerk, deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, and medicine ball clean. The workouts are varied continuously in movements and repetition, so your body cannot anticipate the exercise routine.

How to improve Cardiovascular endurance

Improving Cardiovascular endurance is the level at which your heart, lungs, and muscles work together for an extended period burning calories and getting stronger. Typical exercises for cardiovascular endurance are walking, jogging, running, cycling, and swimming; the harder you push, the faster the results. CrossFit workouts are typically high-intensity to increase cardiovascular endurance. CrossFit workouts can include little or no time off between sets and only 50-70% of your max weight to prolong the workout.

How to improve Respiratory endurance

Improving Respiratory endurance is very similar to cardiovascular endurance in that it has to do with the function of your heart, lungs, and muscles. These body parts will work together over a long period. Your body needs to be able to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. The benefits of cardiovascular and respiratory endurances are essentially the same.

How to improve Stamina

Improving Muscular stamina is your body's ability to complete high-intensity weight training or resistance workouts. These workouts will allow for adequate rest so you do not jeopardize lifting form. Your form should not suffer because you are doing too much weight or too many repetitions. Over time as your muscular stamina improves, you will be able to complete more repetitions over longer periods without as much rest.

How to improve Strength

Improving Strength is an obvious fitness category. Strength deals with the body's ability to reach its highest weight lifted on three fundamental CrossFit moves: the back squat, shoulder press, and deadlift. CrossFit workouts are constantly changing. Some will focus more on overall core muscle strength. In time, you can work up to a point where you max out on the highest weight you can lift or push.

How to Improve Flexibility

Improving Flexibility refers to the elasticity of your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Working on Improving flexibility will help prevent injury. There are different types and levels of stretching. For total body fitness, you should do them all, and Crossfit will improve your workout. Intense stretching is essential during and after a workout while your muscles are warm and loose to prevent injury. More moderate stretching can be done before your workout. Having a good range of motion will increase the weight you can lift and the form you use. If your hips won't let you squat down, it doesn't matter how much weight you can put on the bar; you aren't really squatting it anyway.

How to improve Power

Improving Power implies explosiveness. Being strong will not necessarily equate to an athlete’s ability to complete a clean and jerk correctly. Power is what you need for the exercise you are performing. Some traditional CrossFit exercises used to improve power include push jerk, power cleans, snatch, clean and jerk, and thrusters. These lifts require explosive power.

How to improve Speed

Improving Speed and power are closely connected. This does not mean your ability to sprint, but overall body movement ability. Speed refers to how quickly you can do a prescribed movement. You might have excellent flexibility, but you will not be successful with the Olympic-style lifts common in CrossFit if you don’t have speed and power. You can, of course, improve this over time with the proper practice and coaching.

How to improve Coordination

Improving Coordination is the ability to combine several movements into a singular distinct movement. One perfect example of this is the muscle-up. A muscle-up is an exercise where you start hanging from a bar like you will do a pullup. You will pull yourself up but won't stop with your chin on the bar. Instead, you will explode up and over the bar, then push yourself to the top by extending your arms. This is not an easy movement and takes more than just coordination, but these multiple moves aren't possible without it.

How to improve Agility

Improving Agility is the ability to move quickly and with speed. Nimbleness would be another word for agility. Some examples of exercises that promote agility are shuttle runs, jumping rope, stair runs, and lateral and one-legged jumps.

How to Improve Balance

Balance is defined as a person's ability to distribute weight to stay steady and upright. Staying upright with a weighted barbell over your head is always a good idea. Failing to do so will ruin your day. Some balance exercises include kettlebell swings, balance boards, and medicine ball drops. All of the Olympic-style lifts also require and improve balance.

How to improve Accuracy

Accuracy in CrossFit terms refers to your body's ability to meet the appropriate depth and range of movements. The trainers at your box will help you with this. Form and accuracy will allow you to maximize each movement’s effects and prevent injury. The depth of a squat is a perfect example of accuracy.

Check out one of the many Vancouver BC CrossFit gyms. Because all of your workouts are planned by an experienced personal trainer with the maximization of time considered, there is no need for an individual trainer. Your CrossFit trainers will help you improve your workout form, give you alternatives to movements you are not ready for, explain the benefits of each movement, and sometimes help you with nutritional plans. CrossFit is the best way to get overall body fitness and is excellent for men and women. There is a saying I've heard before that goes something like this, your diet to look good in clothes, you exercise to look good naked. If this is your goal, endless running will not get you to this objective. The whole body workout planning of CrossFit will help you reach this objective and improve your workout.

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