In a standard workout routine you might spend 20 to 40 minutes on aerobics one day. The next day yoga might be the centerpiece with the following day abs the main area to be addressed, and the next day your upper body and so on and so on. Eventually, you’ll work your way through all the muscle groups over the period of a week. A small period of time may be spent working on balance and agility, but over all, your progress will be limited and gradual.
A Crossfit workout is completely different. You work every major muscle group in your body each time you work out. Routines may only last 20 or 30 minutes but they are relentless and very intense.
Now, what makes these workouts so special? Well, first there’s the fact that you get a total body workout with each training session. Imagine progressively pushing every muscle in your body, 20 to 30 minutes a day, every single day of the week. You’ll gain:
In just a few workouts you’ll begin to notice not only the changes in your physical appearance but changes to your mental attitude as well. With standard workouts your results are much more gradual, and it could take an extended period of time before a person will notice any physical changes. Standard physical fitness routines rarely challenge an individual’s constitution the way a Crossfit WOD (workout of the day) does. This normally does well for an individual’s swagger or confidence giving them the feeling they can accomplish significant challenges that life may throw in their path.
A typical Crossfit routine might consist of:
Running while carrying weights followed by intense weight lifting
Running while using dumbbells, followed by jumping rope and then weight lifting
Shotgun-fast, multiple repetitions of squats, sit-ups and pull-ups
While Crossfit training is much more than a basic weight loss program, it does help to adopt healthy eating habits to speed up the weight loss process. Completely eliminating sugar from your diet is a great first step. Avoid fried foods. You should also reduce the calories you get from starches, like potatoes. The best bet is to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, lots of nuts and seeds, and only lean meats. To discover more about healthy eating pick up a book on the Paleo Diet, which is highly endorsed by the Crossfit community. Finally, remember to drink plenty of water.
Crossfit workouts are probably the most effective workouts for weight loss because they create a fast, intense metabolic burn that makes it possible for a person’s body to continue to burn fat for hours after each workout. With a Crossfit program a person will burn fat faster than they would with a standard workout routine. Add in a healthy diet and the fat burning power is drastic and almost immediate.