Today at Empower the staff learned about and went through a Crossfit workout – inspiring this post!
You may have heard of Crossfit before – it’s been growing steadily in popularity through the years, even more so now that Reebok has started sponsoring the brand. You may have seen the ‘Crossfit Games’ air on ESPN just a few weeks ago! Our workout today got me thinking about Crossfit, and their logo came to my head:
“The Sport of Fitness Has Arrived”
That also got me thinking – Crossfit certainly wasn’t the first ‘sport of fitness.’ There are several different “sports” that are less about scoring goals and beating the other team, and more about how “fit” the individual is. So what are these other sports?
If you’d like a little something more to push you in your workouts, having a goal to shoot for can certainly be the jump start in motivation that you need. Read about some of these ‘sports of fitness’ to find your gym inspiration!
Probably one of the more prolific “sports of fitness,” Olympic Weightlifting has been a part of the Olympic competitions since 1896, and became its own event separated by weight classes in 1920.
There are 2 events in Olympic Lifting – the Clean & Jerk,
and the Snatch:
Olympic Lifts are extremely technical and require years of practice to perfect. These movements happen quickly and require A LOT of power to execute. Many times, variations on these lifts are used with athletes to improve power production, helping athletes make a quicker cut, hit top speed faster or jump higher.
Bodybuilding and Figure Competitions
These competitions are not about how much weight you can lift, how fast you can run, or how good of an athlete you are. Bodybuilding and figure competitions boil down to either muscle size (bodybuilding) or muscle definition (Figure competitions) and muscle symmetry. Of course, developing a good figure requires one to lift weights, perform cardio and eat smartly in order to get down into the single-digit body fat percentages – putting these events squarely in the ‘sport of fitness’ categories!
I did a very extensive blog post on my personal blog about bodybuilding, which you can check out HERE.
Figure competitor on the left, natural bodybuilder on the right.
Powerlifting, like Olympic Lifting, is all about how much weight you can lift for one repetition. However while Olympic Lifting lifts are more power-focused lifts, Powerlifting (as it is unaptly named) is more about absolute max strength. It’s not uncommon to see a lift take more than 8 seconds to execute, which would be impossible in Olympic Lifting.
Powerlifting is about lifting as much weight as possible in the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. So certainly, considerable gym time is needed to practice the technique and build up your brute strength!
Strongman competitions can include a number of events – anything from flipping tired to pulling big rigs. But some of the more iconic events are:
Yoke Bar Carries
And of course, the main topic of today’s post…
Crossfit can involve any large number of exercises – from sled pushes to tire flips to handstand push-ups, Olympic Lifts, deadlifts, etc. Notice how many of these exercises are taken from the sports listed above! Part of the idea is that Crossfit takes elements from all of these sports, as well as others, to create a variety of workouts.
It would take a lot of space to describe all of the possibilities with Crossfit, but the idea is constantly varied, high intensity workouts. For example, the one we did today only took 20 minutes! (Though I was dead by about minute 3.)
So that’s just a small list of “sports of fitness,” though I really think most sports would qualify under that description!
So hopefully you learned a little something – maybe even a little inspired.