CrossFit is a high-intensity strength and conditioning program and like any workout program, the more you put in, the better the results. But CrossFit is a different beast altogether. If you’re on the fence about whether to sign up for a CrossFit class, check out what this high-intensity and fast-paced program have to offer and why it has become one of the most popular programs since its introduction in the early 2000s.
Small Investment Time
Don’t have 60 minutes a day to get your sweat on? No Problem. CrossFit workouts are meant to push your strength and cardio levels to their limits. In a span of 15-20 minutes, you will be tasked with completing as many rounds of a specific circuit that you can. Because of the intensity and time constraints, you will have burned more calories than at a regular workout.
CrossFit burns calories in such a short time period. Even though typical workouts last an average of 15-20 minutes, your metabolic rate (the rate your body burns calories) remains elevated long after you’ve finished the WOD. This means that you’ll keep burning fat even when you’re resting.
Improved Cardiovascular Fitness
Interval training works muscles incredibly hard for a short period time. Because of this, muscles require more oxygen. The fast-paced nature of CrossFit forces your heart and lungs to supply oxygen more efficiently. This helps maximize your body’s VO2 Max (oxygen intake level) and improves your overall endurance.
Muscle Gain – Weight Loss
CrossFit workouts are designed to leave you gasping for air. This leads to the release of lactic acid and a boost to your metabolic rate (BMR). Depending on the intensity of your workout, your body can be in calorie burning mode for up to 14 hours after your WOD. Your training will tone every muscle group. As you burn fat, your body will become more toned.