You’ve probably heard of it by now. Gyms are popping everywhere and fans swear by it. But what is Crossfit? And why does it make your pre-season training more efficient?
Crossfit mimics how we move in everyday life. Humans use multiple muscles to move; we engage our quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and core to walk, pick up groceries, and get off the couch, even to get out of bed. How often do you find yourself bicep curling the milk to put it away or attempt to move your furniture laying on your back pushing with your legs? Crossfit is about creating usable strength, not just glamour muscles.
Maybe. But don't turn on the TV and settle onto your couch just yet.
Can years of strenuous exercise actually harm your heart? Possibly, if you take your workout regimen to the extreme. That’s one possible conclusion from a recent British medical study of extreme endurance athletes. Lifelong endurance runners, frequent marathon participants and alike showed early signs of scaring of heart muscle, which eventually can lead to irregular heart function and possible heart failure.