At our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic, we find that with despite the growing popularity of CrossFit, many of our patients are intimidated by the program, not quite understanding the logistics of it. Simply put, CrossFit is an exercise program that is constantly changing, and is typically executed at a high intensity level. Because the workouts are ever changing, and you’re never doing the same thing, you’ll always have a challenge. But, the underlying point of CrossFit is to make everyday tasks, such as lifting a box, easier.
Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai, who license their CrossFit technique to gyms for a fee, founded CrossFit Inc. in 2000. Coaches must complete a standard course, and can continue their education with other specialty classes the program offers. Some of these seminars include Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit kids, kettle-bells, endurance, and much more. CrossFit also offers nutrition recommendations, which include adopting a Paleo or zone diet. The Paleo diet consists of eating a very natural diet with foods that only existed in the Paleolithic era, while the zone diet advocates eating calories from carbohydrates and protein in a balanced ratio.
CrossFit workouts typically include elements of high intensity intervals, with a combination of Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, power lifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises. The workouts are designed to improve stamina, strength, flexibility, accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, speed, power, and endurance with every workout. And while that does seem like a lot in one workout, the coaches understand that everyone is different and every workout can be scaled to meet a specific individual’s needs. Many gyms that offer CrossFit, such as CrossFit NapTown and CrossFit Hud, have hour-long classes that are made up of a warm-up, skill development, the high intensity workout of the day (WOD), and some individual/group stretching. The gyms are usually large warehouses often times called “the box” where individuals may choose to work out 3-5 times per week. The coaches can either develop the WOD or they can use the WOD from the CrossFit website.
A sample WOD might look something like this:
20 Min AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
- 100m Run
- 4 Burpees
- 4 Deadlifts 180lb
- 4 Pull-ups
Are you ready for the challenge?
At our affordable chiropractic clinic, we encourage you to find a program that is right for you. If you choose to consider CrossFit as your training program, we encourage you to visit a few boxes and find one where you feel welcome, comfortable, and motivated.
About Integrated Health Solutions
Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.