Why start with CrossFit?
CrossFit is a comprehensive approach to strength and endurance training done in small groups. You work out with a maximum of 12 people under the supervision of a trainer. The focus is on functional exercises that help you improve your endurance, mobility, coordination, and speed. Training sessions last about an hour. You won’t be using machines; instead, you’ll work with your own body weight as well as kettlebells and barbells.
A short warm up is followed by a technique portion focusing on a basic exercise. (On this score, we follow Rippetoe’s Starting Strength.) After that, we get to the actual Workout of the Day (WOD), which consists of a combination of various exercises, either following the AMRAP principle (As Many Rounds As Possible in an allotted time), or just doing a set number as fast as you can. You should do these as fast as you can while still being meticulous about the form—that’s what makes it particularly challenging.