The Beginner’s Guide to Crossfit

On first glance, it might seem like CrossFit is impossible for the average person. It was originally designed for military personnel, firefighters and police officers—professionals whose lives depend on being stronger and faster. But countless Americans, from new moms trying to lose the baby weight to alpha-athletes training for the next big thing, are finding success in this workout phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. The workouts are scalable, enabling people of any fitness level to participate safely and successfully.

What is CrossFit?

This workout regimen combines a variety of high-intensity movements for specific intervals of time. You won’t find the mainstays of tradition gyms—treadmills, elliptical trainers and the like—here, but rather equipment that encourages diversity. Gymnastic rings, climbing ropes, tires and jump boxes are all part of this program.

Why do it?

Experts have long touted the benefits of cross training and varying workouts. Those who do beat the boredom of regular workouts, are able to push their bodies further without injury and see better results in a shorter period of time.

How is it different?

Like that of our luxury apartment communities, there is a strong sense of camaraderie in CrossFit gyms, which are class-exclusive. Members can’t just show up and work out any time like they can at a traditional gym. Coaches train members on proper techniques and lead them through routines. Members support and motivate one another to keep going and push each other to the next level.

How often do members train?

As with any type of workout, it is important to rest periodically to allow your body to recover. Some members work out three days in a row then take a day off. Others find that a five day on, two day off schedule fits their lifestyle better.

Is this type of workout something that interests you? Have you tried it before? Please share your likes and dislikes with other readers.
Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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