Crossfit – because running is boring

Crossfit gets a bad rap from the bodybuilding community. A gym full of people…or worse, your gym full of people…throwing around light weight(in most cases) for a million reps. There are pros and cons to any workout regimen and it really just comes down to what you enjoy. I’ve been serious about weight training for a little over 9 years and have tried all kinds of different workouts…and yes, have dabbled in Crossfit. I think the thing that really drew me to trying some WODs (workout of the day) is the simple and common fact that a lot of weight trainers share…I truly dislike cardio…ie running outside, treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike…any and all of the above. The only exception would be mountain biking – but that’s what happens when you grew up on a bmx bike and now will probably pop the tires attempting a bunnyhop. Anyway, Crossfit workouts are a way to mix my passion for weight lifting with cardiovascular endurance. These workouts have also broadened my encyclopedia of exercises. Cleans, snatches, muscle-ups are all great examples. Those are movements I tended to just not do in my normal Monday-Chest/Tues-Back/Blah-Blah-Blah. For me, Crossfit-style workouts help to keep my body loose and active – working on agility and overall body movement/flexibility. Next time your cardio workout is getting stale(if your reading this it probably already has) give a WOD a try. You can find WODs by simply searching the web or looking up your local Crossfit gym’s website. Below are two I found were great workouts. Both were introduced to me by a friend. To wrap this up, check out this quote…I found it pretty spot on.

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” –Heinlein

WOD #1
100 deadlifts @ (M145lbs/W115lbs)
100 cleans @ (M95lbs/W65lbs)
100 snatches @ (M65lbs/W45lbs)
43 burpees

WOD #2
21 Pull-ups/21 Pushups/21 burpees – then repeat doing 19,19,19,15,15,15,9,9,9

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by Sean Zyra