Does Crossfit Really work?

25 Feb

KateUpdates Crossfit

Have you tried Crossfit? Are you a Crossfitter? Do you even know what I’m talking about right now?  đŸ˜‰

If you have looked into Paleo for any amount of time, you’ve most likely seen the crazy, scary, booty-busting workouts by the name of Crossfit. If you want to know what a crossfit workout looks like or what crossfitters look like, click here.

Crazy, right? I’ve been hearing a lot about Crossfit and aside from the fact that it completely intimidates me, I also found it initially confusing when I tried to learn more about how to do it exactly. I’ve seen workouts or WODs (workout of the day) online but it really wasn’t clear to me if you could start these crazy WODs without having a trainer watch you, being in a group of fellow crossfitters or at what fitness level you have to be before performing them.

I stumbled across this blog of moms and women doing Crossfit workouts in a 90-day cycle and I’m considering it. The site isn’t fancy looking but it has a strong following of women who are doing a daily workout (WOD) that’s really short (like under 10 minutes, 20 max) and apparently gets “out of this world” results. I’m intrigued …

I’m also working on my running right now in anticipation of my half marathon in May and doing yoga to strengthen my body and lower back. The running is moving slower than I’d like. It’s frustrating. I may try to do a couple of these workouts and see how I feel. I’m not making any 30 day challenge announcements (right now) but I’ll keep you posted if I try some of these.

What do you think? Do you know anything about Crossfit? Have you tried WODs? Very curious to know what you think or if there’s an expert in the house …

Oh and let me catch you up on my eating from last week. I had a friend in town so there aren’t but I can still give you the meal breakdown:

Friday (Continued): Lunch: Leftovers (spicy sausage and cauliflower puree), Dinner: Cheesecake Factory salad with: chicken, tomatoes, onions, avocado and balsamic dressing.
Saturday: Bacon and eggs for breakfast, 1 small smoothie while shopping at the mall (acai, blueberries, apples and bananas) Cheesecake Factory leftover for lunch/dinner and because my friend was still in town we made paleo chocolate chip cookies.
Sunday: 2 Eggs, hot tea and cookies for breakfast, Chipotle for lunch/dinner and grapefruit and trail mix as snacks.

~ Kate

7 comments
Brian Stephens
Brian Stephens

I have not done Crossfit myself, but a co-worker got into it with her husband. They are not exactly the workout, gym-rat type people. The wife liked it more than the husband, in this case. Basically, Crossfit sounds like a series of explosive exercises designed to blast certain muscle groups. It seems similar to weight lifting but with high intensity. The individual exercises sound easy enough, on paper. The idea is to do short, intense workouts that focus on particular muscles for a given day. The results come because you are always working something different and won't hit a plateau. And you work fast and intense, so there isn't a big time commitment. That makes it appealing to many people, from what I've seen. Good luck with the running. Like anything else, it takes time to get there. The best thing, I have found, is to put the event on the calendar and then you are forced to train for it. Sounds like you have that down with the half marathon. Go get it!

jamiewhole30
jamiewhole30

I have been doing CrossFit for 16 months now and I LOVE it. It's the most fun, rewarding and challenging thing I've ever done. I've also done the Whole30 twice (It Starts With Food) and I eat paleo about 85% the time, allowing myself to indulge when I want and not feel guilty although I don't indulge too much as its not worth it. I think everyone should try CrossFit; it's all scalable. It's a great community to be a part of :)

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Cool, Jamie! So do you go to a crossfit box to do your workouts or do you do them on your own?

jamiewhole30
jamiewhole30

I go to a box (CrossFit 603 in NH). I have some at home WOD's that I do if I can't get in or when I am traveling but I think the full benefit is going into the box not only for the training but for the supportive community.

Amanda @ Coriander Lime
Amanda @ Coriander Lime

I have a girlfriend who's extremely into Crossfit. Funny enough, her & her husband both eat Paleo. What's the correlation between the two? I've been interested in both but not quite sure what they have to do with one another. Anyhow my friends have had amazing results with Crossfit; mind you I can't attest for what they do or how they do it, but whatever they do works! I would say go for it, but I'm one of those people who just dives into things head first. :-)

KateUpdates
KateUpdates

Hi Amanda! I tend to dive in when it comes to trying new healthy things, too. I'm not sure on the exact connection but the first thing that comes to mind is that Paleo eating is aligning with how our ancestors ate - simple, unprocessed meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and oils. And Crossfit is more of a primal way to work out and it's done in conjunction with clean eating, specifically Paleo eating. I'll let you know what I find out about that. - Kate

Amanda @ Coriander Lime
Amanda @ Coriander Lime

Hey Kate! Sorry, your reply got lost in the abyss of my email and I just discovered it now! That's really intriguing though, I guess I never really thought about the primal aspects of Crossfit. It really does seem like a natural partner to eating Paleo, now that I've looked into it a bit deeper. So interesting. I'd definitely be curious to find out more though, keep me posted :)

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