Do Black People Do CrossFit?

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Short answer. Yes.

I know at least one black person who does crossfit. Me. There are obviously a few of others too. I started in December and honestly I love it. I promise I haven’t turned into a Crossfit douche bag. You know Alex and I like to try different workouts and after a few years of doing triathlons and half marathons, I started to get bored. That’s when I came across a $40 group on to try cross fit for a month. I figured why not and I went for it. For those of you who have no idea or a fuzzy idea, crossfit is:

The CrossFit prescription is performing “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. The CrossFit program is designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains.

  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Accuracy

The top 5 reasons I love cross fit are:

1. Short workouts

Although you’re there for a full hour, the actual workout portion is pretty short. You compete against others for time or you do an AMRAP (as many reps as possible) in a given amount of time which is typically less than 15 mins.

 

2. Lifting Heavy Makes You Feel Like a Badass 

I know that sounds borderline douchey but it does. When you lift a weight heavier than you ever thought you could, you feel like super woman. It’s pretty amazing.

 

3. Comradery

Although I only go to my CrossFit gym twice a week ( I go to Grit Fitness the other half of the week), I always feel welcome. Everyone is so nice, helpful and hilarious. That makes the workouts really fun.

 

4. Different Workouts Every Day 

The WOD (workout of the day) is different every single day. You never get bored. Some days you focus more on strength training and others you focus more on cardio. The variety keeps you on your toes.

 

5. The Workouts Aren’t for Sissys

The workouts are the definition of hard core. They push me to my limit every session and I consider myself a pretty fit person. If you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, I wouldn’t recommend it. Crossfit is for people with an intermediate or advanced level of fitness. You need to know a thing or two about weightlifting and proper form before setting foot in your first CrossFit box. But once you get started, be prepared to get addicted. It’s awesome.

 

If you’re in the Dallas area and you’re interested in CrossFit, I highly recommend Tigers Den CrossFit. It’s awesome and the owner, JD, is the best!

 

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