4 CrossFit Exercises You Probably Haven’t Tried but Should

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Anyone who has been doing CrossFit for a while knows that one of the primary foundations behind CrossFit as a concept is to do exercises that are varied so that your body never really gets the chance to learn how to cheat as it is put under stress. Athletes who train for one exercise like cycling or swimming become adept at that exercise because their body learns that muscle movement and develops the muscle groups for that exercise.

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Over time and with sufficient training the body learns how to perform that exercise by placing less overall stress on the athlete which can sometimes diminish fitness outcomes. Here are 4 exercises developed by A Sydney CrossFit gym that you probably have not tried and are will deliver great results. Read the rest of this entry »

CrossFit and Nutrition

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One of the most overlooked influences in being a top CrossFit athlete is diet and nutrition. Some athletes seem to think you can exercise a bad diet away. For the very elite CrossFit athletes, diet is as big a part of their regime as the workouts and all of the other physical aspects in CrossFit participation. We asked Sydney CrossFit Trainer Karl Robertson for his views on what he believes constitutes a good CrossFit diet.

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The Power of the CrossFit Community

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Ask any personal trainer what the biggest threat to an individual getting themselves into peak physical shape and the most common answer you will hear will be motivation. It is hard to get motivated to train if the only person who needs to stick to the regime is yourself. More to the point when you are starting to train hard and place your body under stress, unless you are a particular type of person who thrives on this physical discomfort, it is also easier to slack off and not train as hard. The only person watching you and judging you is yourself.

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The Best Warm Up Exercises For Crossfit

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If you are a CrossFit regular, you will know the importance of warming up properly before your core WOD. Hopefully, you are not one of the unfortunate athletes to truly know the effects of engaging in vigorous CrossFit workouts without a good warm up. If you are, you probably know what it feels like to spend a good deal of your training time injured. Many participants and trainers too often overlook the important warm up phase before the main workout begins. Make no mistake, this is dangerous.

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CrossFit and Kids – Is it Beneficial and how young is too young?

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Opinions on the benefits of the crossfit training programme for children and the appropriate age at which children should start training are as contrasting as opinions on education for children. At their most extreme, these views can be as divisive as any of the choices parents will make for development of their children and the activities they choose to pursue.

Crossfit for kids is also widely seen as a very under-developed market within the industry. Given that there are potential commercial opportunities that may unduly influence and cloud the message around the health benefits of this training, crossfit for kids has become a sensitive topic for professionals and parents of would be attendees.

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The Real Benefits of CrossFit

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We all know that person. You know, the one who has immersed themselves in CrossFit training and just can’t seem to talk about anything else other than how it has changed their lives. CrossFit is now the fastest growing exercise trend in Sydney and it deserves at least some cursory exploration into the benefits its members enjoy and why they have to tell everyone about it.

 

It is a highly effective calorie assassin

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Crossfit and Injury Management

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The last thing you want at any stage on your crossfit journey is an injury. A serious injury will, at best, halt your progress while you undergo rest and rehabilitation for that injury while the worst case scenario could mean a permanent end to your training or an ongoing hindrance that stays with you forever. Luckily, most injuries encountered in crossfit training are easily managed provided the individual exercises common sense and gets the right advice from professional trainers and medical practitioners in the at the time of injury and throughout the recovery process.

Obviously the best strategy in managing injury is prevention. Unfortunately, this is also where the most scope for improvement lies amongst most participants. We asked one of the most well-respected crossfit trainers in Sydney his view on injury prevention and management. This was his advice: Read the rest of this entry »