Many have heard of CrossFit, but do they know exactly what it is? NY1’s Jill Urban takes a closer look at the workout craze.
It’s intense, high impact and unlike any workout you can find at a typical gym. It’s called CrossFit and it’s a new hot fitness craze that’s motivating people in a whole new way.
“CrossFit is a group workout where we take the kinds of movements you do in the real world and bring that into the gym,” said Joshua Newman, co-founder of CrossFit NYC. “You’re picking up stuff, you’re moving stuff around, you’re moving yourself around and that translates much better back into the real world.”
NY1 stopped by CrossFit NYC in Midtown Manhattan to understand this fitness phenomenon.
Small group classes engage in short duration, high intensity workouts that incorporate weight training, cardio and gymnastics, calisthenics and anything to engage every muscle.
At the studio, or The Box as it’s called, several classes go on at a time and a level of competition helps push people to their max.
“We put a score on almost everything we do,” said Newman. “And it turns out if you put even an arbitrary scoring system on a workout people will push themselves so much harder in a friendly competitive way.”
Points not only measure placement in the competition, but also serve as a benchmark for measuring progress over time.
Aside from the intense workout, many people are also drawn to the community of CrossFit.
Unlike a traditional gym, there is a sense of camaraderie here that keeps people coming back.
T”here is something that happens when you are all working and suffering together, I have never been in the military, but I assume it’s a similar sort of vibe, where when you are suffering next to somebody and sweating and at your worst and other people are helping to cheer you through that, that’s where the real bonds are formed,” said Sophia Bishop.
And those bonds exist outside The Box as well. There is an organized schedule of activities that keeps people connected even when they are not working out. CrossFit currently has thousands of boxes throughout the country and membership averages $200 per month depending on the location.
Now many who do it say they become obsessed with it because they just get hooked on the intensity.
“I just love it, it’s really great, it’s different every day and you get your butt kicked every single day,” said Nick Ross.
For anyone looking for a good, motivating, butt-kicking workout , CrossFit be the perfect fit.