I do not particularly like it when people advocate that one sport is the best and only way to exercise. There is now a big craze around CrossFit, which I do not really identify with, but as one of the sports that I like, I wanted to tell you a bit about it. (And as some people thought I was about to commit suicide after my last post on data analysis, I though something a bit more fun would be a nice follow-up)!
First, and because everyone loves a good definition, let’s start by clarifying what CrossFit is:
CrossFit is that which optimises fitness through constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.
Ok, that sounds a bit brutal, right? Well yes, a bit, but really fun and safe when done well.
If you are a big fan of low impact, low intensity workouts (or no workout at all), if you are just happy with your fitness level, or otherwise severely injured…, it’s probably best to take it easy indeed.
In any other case, even if, like me, you are far from being an athlete but want a good challenge, just give it a go. If you are willing to sweat your eyeballs out after just 5 minutes of exercise, go for it. If you don’t mind forgetting what your name is after an amazing Workout Of the Day (WOD in CrossFit jargon), come along. Like any sport, it requires persistence to get results, and efforts along the way. No pain, no #gainz, like they say.
And then you might get hooked and start wearing official CrossFit Reebok or Rogue gear, eat your Optimum Nutrition proteins and PurePharma supplements, but that’s not needed: it’s just the branding maniac in me saluting the really cool business concept.
And you, how do you enjoy exercising?
For more info about CrossFit in Belgium:
- Have a read at this really cool article about CrossFit in Liège by my friend Nadou (in French).
- Check out this CrossFit box in Brussels where I train when I am around. Chris, Pedro and their team will show you how to exercise Belgian style (they speak English too).
For CrossFitters in Glasgow:
- Train with me at CrossFit Glasgow. Everyone at CrossFit makes a point to know other members by their name. I keep telling them to call me Lau, but they enjoy mispronouncing Laurence too much 🙂 Seriously, it’s an amazing place to exercise (Instagram @crossfitglasgow)
To find an affiliate CrossFit gym anywhere in the world: http://www.crossfit.com/