There are two sets of people in the world: those who absolutely love Crossfit and those who abhor it. It’s interesting to notice a form of exercise be this debated upon. In our opinion, any form of exercise done well gets our vote.

Crossfit can have several benefits for runners and we’re going to enlist them for you, but before that, let’s just dive a little deeper into what exactly comes under Crossfit.

Crossfit includes power lifting, gymnastics and other training tools. The method includes a series of random exercises put together and performed at a high intensity called the “WOD,” or workout of the day. Workouts generally last from 5 to 25 minutes, and the main energy system used is anaerobic (without oxygen).

Crossfit is a great way of increasing your strength (Image: Ko-Crossfit)
Crossfit is a great way of increasing your strength (Image: Ko-Crossfit)

CrossFit exercises use multiple joints, such as knees, hips and shoulders, to perform movements that are executed at a much higher rate than typical cross-training programs.

Runners all over the globe know that strength training makes their running performance better. We’ve waxed poetic about how being a balanced athlete helps your running game, more than just focusing on your running technique. Strength training improves your power, balance, coordination and speed. Crossfit is a great way of increasing your strength, and at the same time not getting bored doing the same routines at your gym.

Though we’d advise to go to a Crossfit center and work with an instructor to get a hang of the game, here is a simple WOD that you can do at home with some bare minimum equipment.

  • 20 box jumps, 10 chin-ups, 10 dumbbell thrusters, and 1 minute of kettlebell swings.
  • Rest for 1 to 2 minutes between rounds and repeat for 3 to 5 rounds.
  • Of course, this isn’t set in stone. You can scale up or scale down this WOD depending on how you’re feeling that day.

    Workouts generally last from 5 to 25 minutes (Image: Mid Coast Crossfit)
    Workouts generally last from 5 to 25 minutes (Image: Mid Coast Crossfit)

    Here’s to having more fun and never getting bored of your exercise routines. And remember if you do tire of Crossfit, there’s always something else around the corner. That’s the best part of exercising now, because you get so many new techniques and equipment to keep training with!

    Main image courtesy Crossfit Fuengirola

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