Crossfit takes a tough, no-frills approach to exercise

Mon Oct 1, 2012 10:28am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Forget the leisurely workout. Crossfit training is a high-intensity, no-frills strength and conditioning program to get fit.

Used by fire departments, the military, college sports teams and in gyms, Crossfitters tackle an array of physical challenges and follow daily workouts posted on a website.

"I really do like them in terms of the strength and the challenge," said Liz Neporent, the author of "Fitness for Dummies, said about the exercises." "Why not maximize your time? If you're going to do it, do it. Don't fool around."

Crossfit training is the invention of Greg Glassman, a gymnastics coach who opened the first Crossfit facility in Santa Cruz, California in 1995.

"Crossfit is more of a movement than an organization," Neporent said. "There's a website but it's basically individuals, gyms, and groups doing it."

Crossfitters don't say they visit the gym; instead they head into "the box," which is a Crossfit training center for the WOD or workout of the day, which is posted daily.

"Today I'm doing 100 squats, 100 push-ups, 100 crunches," said Neporent, "which is about half a WOD."

A lot of people, she said, would not be able to walk afterwards.   Continued...