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Why you should try Crossfit

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Did you watch the Crossfit championships?

Words by Peculiar Eziam

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If you were tuned in to the European Cross Fit Championships that was held last weekend at Colchester you would know how thrilling Crossfit is. Vitamynuk organized free tests for the athletes and the spectators and also enlightened viewers on the importance of monitoring micronutritional health and vitamin levels. For more information, click here to view the @Vitamynuk Instagram page.
 
Now some of you are probably wondering “Hmm, what is Crossfit? Would I have to travel to Colchester to partake in it? Are there Crossfit centers in Nigeria?” We’ve got the answers to sway you to this form of exercise.  

 But first, what is Crossfit?

Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program consisting of aerobic exercise (exercises that increase body oxygen intake), calisthenics (body weight exercises), and olympic weightlifting. It combines strength training, explosive plyometrics, speed training, olympic power-style weightlifting, kettle bells, gymnastics and endurance exercises. By doing this Crossfit targets what it calls the major components of physical fitness: stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. Crossfit practice defines its strength and conditioning program as "constantly varied functional movement executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains", with the stated goal of improving fitness. According to Runnersworld, on average a 20 minute crossfit work out could burn about 260 calories. Using the general guideline of 100 calories burned per mile, this roughly corresponds to running 2.5 miles in 20 minutes.

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So how does it work?

Training the Crossfit way requires you to workout 3 to 5 days per week, the workouts are highly intense and short, taking about 5 to 15 minutes to complete, it starts with hour-long classes at affliated gyms, "boxes", typically includes a warm-up, the skill development segment and then the high-intensity 'workout of the day' (or WOD).
There are over 100 Crossfit exercises and the main Crossfit exercises involve the whole body and include pushing, pulling, running, jumping, squatting, rowing, and climbing ropes. (Glassman, Grey. "The Crossfit Journal").
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We actually do have Crossfit programs all over Nigeria and just last year Nigeria Rugby football foundation (NRFF) signed with Crossfit gymnasium to carry out training for all its members around Nigeria. Other Crossfit centers include : Ryno Fitness and Wellness Limited in Abuja, Crossfit Apogee company in Akwa Ibom, Crossfit Nigeria gym in Lagos. So do feel free to enrol in the one close to you.
 
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Cross fit is mostly suited for people who enjoy vigorous exercises and are keen on challenging their bodies. It can be a tough workout for beginners but perseverance and determination can get you through even the hardest challenges. It is advised that people with injuries, health conditions, or other special needs should follow the guidance of the coaches that are always present to help train with specific workouts and machines for your body and level of 'fitness', In other words anybody can partake in Crossfit, you just need to know your strengths and weaknesses and be willing to develop them.
 
So what do you say? I say we go out there and train our butts off and who knows Nigeria might someday meet other countries at the annual Crossfit championship games.

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