Health & Fitness

What is CrossFit?

Back in September I decided to join the world of CrossFit – with no real idea of what it involved, or indeed whether it was something I would enjoy.


With a gentle push from a friend, I decided to give CrossFit Shaftesbury a go… and I haven’t look back since.I often get asked what CrossFit is all about and if I’m honest I struggle to explain it in a way that does it justice. CrossFit is best described as a constantly varied high-intensity fitness program; it incorporates elements from different sports and types of functional exercise. It includes elements such as Olympicweightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, kettlebell lifting as well as high-intensity interval training. For those new to CrossFit this may feel daunting, intimidating and somewhat scary. But the beauty of CrossFit is that it is suitable for everyone regardless
of your fitness level or ability.


The movements and techniques can be modified to help each athlete achieve their goals. This means that the programs are designed to challenge you as an individual, getting you closer to where you want to be, whether it’s to get stronger, fitter or simply to lose weight. It is also a great chance to try new forms of exercise. I never thought that I would ever be upside down doing handstand press-ups! There are lots of functional movements to master but it’s all about being patient and working at your level. I am in no doubtthat I will be doing handstand walks, muscle-ups and double-unders in no time, especially with the help of the amazing coaches and the other members of the gym (aka the ‘box’).

CrossFit is so much more than a fitness program and the community plays a massive part in the whole experience. Everyone in the ‘box’ wants to see the other succeed and without them I certainly wouldn’t be hitting personal bests and getting the most out of the workouts.Still confused as to what CrossFit is all about? Why not give it a go
and find out!


Always happy to answer your questions – send them to me on melmitchellmassage@gmail.com

By: Mel Mitchell experienced Personal Trainer, group exercise instructor & sports massage therapist based in Sturminster Newton.

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