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Does CrossFit Really Work

Have you tried the popular fitness workout, CrossFit? You probably heard that it is super hard, but it gets you in fantastic shape in a brief period of time by concentrating on high-intensity interval training. You may have heard all the hype and wondered whether this exercise routine was worth it. According to recent scientific study, it is definitely worth all the hype.

In a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, sixteen healthy volunteers performed two CrossFit workouts. One workout is coined the Donkey Kong and the other is known as Fran. The research team of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s exercise physiology program discovered that volunteers met fitness industry requirements for cardio workouts following the CrossFit programs. The study noted that the women studied burned a little more than 12 calories per minute and maintained elevated heart rates during their workout.

While science now proves that CrossFit boosts endurance, one should err on the side of caution before starting the program. First, the program is extremely difficult. The head of the University of Wisconsin’s Clinical Exercise Physiology Program, John Porcari, is on record saying that CrossFit is “off the charts.” The second reason is that the CrossFit program has been linked to rhadomyolysis, a frightening medical condition that develops from pushing yourself too hard.

So what exactly is CrossFit? The CrossFit program combines a number of different workouts into one. If you decide to take this program on, expect to do a mixture of strength training, weight-lifting, kettle bells, gymnastics, endurance exercises, plyometrics, speed training and body weight exercises. By combining these different workouts, CrossFit targets essential elements of physical fitness, such as stamina, strength and endurance, power, speed, flexibility, balance, coordination, accuracy, and most important cardiorespiratory. Designed to be done 3-5 days a week, CrossFit is executed in circuit format, with multiple exercise immediately following each other with very limited periods of rest in between.

While science now provides legitimacy to CrossFit, one should still do his or her research before starting the program. As with any exercise program, there are advantages and concerns to be examined. Those who are healthy and in great shape should definitely give the grueling workout a try. However, if you are out of shape or just commencing an exercise routine, then speak to a CrossFit affiliate about a specific routine designed for you. And always, speak to your physician before starting any new exercise routine.

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