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.
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").
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.
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
at the annual Crossfit championship
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