Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cross Fit Equipment

CrossFit combines all sorts of complex, full-body, movements (running, weightlifting, climbing, pulling, pushing, rowing and whatever you can think of) in different ways. Each workout is different. One day you're sprinting and doing pushups until you aren't sure whether your lungs or arms will give out first. The next you're hitting a target with a medicine ball the next with a résistancy band and then trying to climb a rope. By exercising this way, you'll be prepared to meet all sorts of daily challenges; Cross fit builds a healthy body as well as a mentally strong mind.

Kettlebells: Try to find kettlebells that have no moving parts or seams in the handle (which can cause blisters). In CrossFit workouts, kettlebell weights are often prescribed in terms of a "pood." To save you a headache, a pood is equal to 36 pounds. The most common weights in CrossFit are 36, 54, and 72 pounds. If you are a beginner, you might want to start lighter, then add to your collection as you advance.

 Dumbbells: Just like the bumper plates, you're better off going with the rubber "hex" dumbbells. Iron is the next best choice. Use removable dumbbell plates as a last resort, since the collars are notoriously prone to sliding off.

 Medicine ball: You'll be throwing and catching these things, so go with a soft surface. Men generally use 20 pounds, women use 14. Alternatively, you can fill a basketball with sand, and cover the outside with grippy tape.

 Squat rack or cage: Cages are nice, but they're expensive and take up a lot of space. Plus, they're often too small to do Olympic lifts inside - especially anything overhead. I would go with some simple stands to hold my bar.

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