CrossFit is the new sport – English
Great article posted by Wesley Cloos and Junior Edelman over at CrossFit Almere in Holland, showing the increasing interest that the sport is attracting:
CrossFit is the new sport
CrossFit has blown over from America and is becoming a hype now in the Netherlands. CrossFit goes back to basics and throws all the fitness equipment overboard. No machines, no mirrors, no excuses. At CrossFit we work with limited resources, but with a lot of variation and creativity. CrossFit combines strength training workout with your own body weight, martial arts, gymnastics, rowing and running, but is a few big steps ahead because everyone must give 200%. CrossFit is bcoming the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies, military special forces and various UFC® Fighters. CrossFit is in everything. CrossFit training is given in six centers, on-site and can also be practiced at home, with centers in the Netherlands found in Amsterdam, Enschede, Driebergen, Meppel, Asten and Gymert.
CrossFit is composed of very short and intensive workouts daily, covering the entire body and all relevant training. Through these complete and intense body movements to improve not only endurance, but also coordination, strength and explosiveness are raised and the result is you build an athletic body. CrossFit is a combination of weight lifting, gymnastics and cardio. This includes body weight exercises such as pushups, handstand pushups, but acceleration and various exercises in the rings, sprinting, running, skipping, jumping, rowing and other physical activities.
CrossFit versus Sportschool
Unlike the fitness in traditional gyms, where training is on average one and a half hours, a CrossFit workout lasts about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, everyone is broken, whether you’re a beginner or advanced, housewife or commando. Everyone looks at the workout but goes beyond their limits. There is no working with devices like the in those gyms, we use the resources available, such as tractor tires, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, body weight, rings, cars and much more. “We do not train on machines, we create them!”.
Moreover, there are no mirrors hanging on the walls to see your reflection. By looking in the mirror you never learn to feel what to do. CrossFit can be done by anyone because it scales the intensity. CrossFit in Amsterdam is trained in groups of up to 8 people, while ensuring an individual approach applies. Everyone is doing the same workout of the day (WOD), every day is different and never boring. There is hereby given (lap) times which are noted on the whiteboard and the Internet, as well as photos and videos of the training designed to inspire and motivate each other.
It’s a community
Cross fitters around the world unite, seek each other out and form a true team. In the Netherlands ‘fitters find each other on Facebook where other times, movies and photos of the WOD’s are shared. On the website, and Facebook, are many different exercises to find, and there is a new Workout of the Day every day. CrossFit is given in the training room in New Vennep, as on location in the woods or on the beach but can also be practiced at home. It provides the CrossFit Workout of the Day and then decide for yourself what is a maximum feasible scale to workout. If that limit is set for yourself, you can add a scoop on top! No limits…
At CrossFit Amsterdam there is a free introductory lesson to experience what it is about. Then, there is the ”Elements Class” with three classes taken for the 9 essential basic CrossFit movements. Upon successful completion thereof, you may go onto the WOD participation and unlimited classes (EUR 59, – per month). There is a good alternative maintenance (EUR 45, – per month) trained 2x a week. It is also possible to buy a ’10 journey’ (EUR 125, -) or individual lessons (EUR 15, – per lesson).
Taken from the article from Holland found at: gezondheidskrant
MC is a professional photographer from Manchester in the UK. He has been crossfitting for 3 years now and has travelled, together with different athletes, through Europe to make some impact, and try to connect the European community. Martin is a CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer, and also has a CrossFit Gymnastics cert. [Fran 3.50. Grace 2.36. Karen 7.30] Martin is one of the founders of BOXROXmedia, so if you have any questions regarding our services, let him know! Want to be a contributor for us - get in touch!