I’ve been following fitness trends since 2010. From time-efficient workouts like circuit training to TRX, to step aerobics, to Zumba, to Bikram Yoga, and now CrossFit… Millennials’ exercise pendulum has been swinging wildly from left to right because we have now a lot of possible physical activities to choose from. Does it mean more people are becoming fitness freak because Channing Tatum and his wife are doing CrossFit? Maybe.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a worldwide popular fitness program founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai. It has hooked athletes, celebrities, gym rats, and anyone who wants to transform their physique into a stronger, fitter one… all within 30-45 minutes of a workout.
With the help of ESPN and Reebok, their audience has grown dramatically. Reebok sponsors their annual CrossFit Games where the competitors should be ready for anything and they can get a chance to win $2 million and the title, “Fittest on Earth”. Forget about the title, I just wanna win the cash prize! 🙂
CrossFit Alpha Strike
The first time I tried CrossFit was with my friend Blesz back in 2013 at BioFitness gym. I didn’t take it seriously because it didn’t pique my interest and I was doing MMA at that time. But last September 2015, I decided to gain muscles and join Alpha Strike.
The first thing I noticed in Alpha Strike was that a lot of girls there have bigger butts than mine. So that’s automatically a plus in my book! Because that’s what I want to achieve, to have a bigger ass.
The second thing I noticed was the wood gymnastic rings with long straps. When I first saw it I instantly jumped in and pulled myself up. It was damn hard, I lasted for 5 seconds and lost control. It was funny! No wonder why they described CrossFit’s technique as ‘gymnastics meets Olympic lifting’.
And lastly, the colorful neon-paint graffiti on the wall caught my attention and made me feel at home because I design stuff for a living. I appreciate street art so much and seeing that graffiti made me happy. I even took a photo of it and posted it on Instagram. 🙂
CrossFitters speak an entirely different language coz they use abbreviations and jargons to describe an exercise or technique written on the whiteboard. Here are the common slang coaches Aaron and Angie use at the box.
WOD (Workout of the Day) – this is the set of workout that your coach uses to make you sweat like a beast on a given day.
AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) – complete a set of a workout as many times as you can within a given time frame.
DU (Double Unders) – this is for skipping rope workout. Just let the rope to pass under your feet twice in one jump.
Box – Plain and simple. Also known as the CrossFit gym.
Score – each score denotes the total number of reps completed during a given workout.
The Pros and Cons of CrossFit
Strong community- in Alpha Strike, they have a strong support system. They did a very good job in making everyone feel welcome. All levels of fitness, all ages are welcome to join CrossFit classes. Just make sure you let the coach know if you have any medical conditions before you begin the WOD.
Fun and exciting- CrossFitters will tell you to kick-ass and encourage you to step up when you’re about to give up. I also like the loud and energizing music they play in Alpha Strike, it keeps my heart beat faster. According to DJ Cole of ‘We are your friends’ movie, “Once you’ve locked onto people’s heart rate, you start bringing them up song by song. 128 beats per minute, that’s the magic number.”
Competition- the coaches in Alpha Strike want us to write our score on the whiteboard coz it’s an awesome tool to motivate yourself especially when you see others pushing hard like you. CrossFit uses this type of competition to grow and inspire others to train.
Frequent Injury- I know 2 guys who used to do CrossFit but they stopped going coz they got injured. Guy A injured his back and guy B started peeing blood coz he pushed himself to the limit. They said CrossFit is not for them. Some moves can be very difficult, it’s great for people wanting to push themselves but it doesn’t suit everyone and too much too soon can cause injury.
Lack of Personalization- We train in a group setting so there’s no customization of the training programs for an individual. Correct exercise form is hard to master, it takes time to perfect it. A good form is a key to safe and effective exercise but a lot of people don’t always follow directions. That is a fact.
Peer Pressure – The flip side of having a “strong community” is the community that may push you to engage in unsafe exercise practices. This is what happened to my guy friend, everyone was cheering at him to lift that heavy barbell and he did, few minutes later he was rushed to ER.
All exercises must be approached with caution. Customizing training programs is crucial and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I personally recommend CrossFit but scale up slowly, know your pace, evaluate yourself if you can do or can’t do a particular workout. Let your coach hear your voice, man up! It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Crossfit Alpha Strike
Address: Unit 1 G/F, #189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village Quezon City, Philippines
KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad