Promote try their hand at CrossFit
On Wednesday Emma, Tom and Dan visited CrossFit Maidenhead to find out about CrossFit, a form of exercise that combines cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics and core training.
We were warmly welcomed by CrossFit trainer Anita who would be running our introductory session, and other members who had just finished their class.
We began our workout with a simple warm up on the assault bike. Anita asked us to complete three sets of 30 seconds, swapping with the other half of the group after each set. Anita asked us to focus on our own performance, however, it was very difficult to not get in the competitive Promote spirit.
Following our warm-up, we took on the main strength element of the session– a HIIT based circuit that featured both weighted and body-weight exercises over an eight-minute period.
It is only when doing a circuit like this that you realise how long eight minutes is. Everyone in the group found it tough, but Anita kept us all upbeat and determined with words of encouragement and tips about how to improve our form. This was a fantastic example of how the CrossFit community push and motivate each other to achieve greater success, especially when quitting would have been the easier option.
As the circuit came to an end, we were overcome with a feeling of relief. We each visit the gym regularly and think of ourselves as being in good shape, but the full-bodied nature of the workout meant we were exhausted as we struggled to catch our breath. We really admire all the CrossFitters out there!
To finish, Anita took us through a quick mobility session which was a relaxing way to relieve some of the stresses we had just put our bodies through. At this time, it became clear that CrossFit is every bit the full body workout that it is often claimed to be. The sport is much more than building muscle and lifting heavy weights it is equally focused upon improving your bodies flexibility and reducing your body’s susceptibility to injury. CrossFit can often be perceived as being for elite level athletes to develop and show off their all-round fitness ability, however, what we experienced was a friendly fun environment that wants to help people achieve their fitness goals.
Having taken part in our first CrossFit class we all agreed that CrossFit is something we would be interested in taking part in regularly. The camaraderie that was clearly on display throughout our session by the team that worked at the site and by the people taking part was something none of us had ever experienced in a fitness environment and something that seems to be unique to the world of CrossFit.
CrossFit is not the cheapest fitness option on the market, with monthly access to all the sessions starting from £135. However, the unique experience the class provides alongside the wealth of fitness benefits means we would recommend CrossFit to anyone looking for a slightly more premium offering with a community feel.