Last week at the gym a student in my class was asking me if I’ve ever heard of CrossFit and if so if I’d ever done any of the workouts. A small giggle escaped from my lips after I was asked this question. The first thought that came to my mind was my butt getting handed to me the first time I tried a CrossFit workout at a gym back in Florida.
The goal of a CrossFit workout is to do rounds of exercises with multiple reps and with only a few exercises while trying not to slow down. It is a short workout with amazing results! I have come to love the CrossFit workouts, and they give you great results. Not to mention you make improvements with each workout.
I went into my first CrossFit session in great shape, and was ready for the CrossFit challenge. Shortly into our workout I discovered that I was going to get my butt handed to me on a silver platter. Thankfully, I was doing this circuit style workout with some amazing people who were giving me advice and motivating me through the whole thing. Without them I would have thrown in the towel. I should mention that I was an idiot and did not start out with a beginner CrossFit class. Instead, I jumped right into an upper level class. Genius huh!?! Coming out of that class I felt like I earned some kind of medal. I have done several CrossFit sessions (starting at a beginner level) since and have loved the challenges and improvements I’ve made in each workout session.
The CrossFit workout we did that day was the workout the actors from the movie “300” did for their initial assessment. The 300 workout was developed by the trainer to the actors, Mark Twight. The training regimen these actors went through was intense. According to the studio’s press release and Mark’s subsequent articles on the subject he was training the actors, “To support fight preparation the training emphasized athleticism by combining compound movements, lifting and throwing. Primitive tools–medicine balls, kettlebells, and rings–were used instead of machines.”
Mark’s focus on training these athlete-actors was on full-body movements with heavy resistance, such as that offered by his organization for modern warriors. Mark says that the “300 Workout” was not the actual physical training conducted, but more of a fitness assessment and morale builder. (Livestrong)
Ya, see what I mean about intense? Can you say feel the burn?