What is CrossFit? CrossFit is World-Class Fitness for EVERYONE.
For the first two years CrossFit O-Zone’s purpose was to make CF a little less intimidating to the uninitiated. Below are the archives of the pages from that original CFOZ site.
Many people go to the CrossFit HQ site and, due to the overwhelming amount of material, don’t know where to start. Some, due to medical reasons, recent illness, pregnancy or many years of de-conditioning and weight-gain find that they have a hard time even doing the “puppies” version of the WODs at Brand X Martial Arts. I know what it’s like to start from scratch. Here, I try to break it down into the basics, to remove the extra and help you start taking baby steps. I highly encourage everyone to find your local CrossFit affiliate, once you feel comfortable doing so, for hands-on instruction from some of the best trainers in the world. If you don’t have one near you, then you can graduate to Brand X scaling.
Here is an article from by the creator of CrossFit, Greg Glassman from the CrossFit Journal.
Make sure you are in good physical health and please consult you physician before beginning any exercise routine, including this one. Most of all use your common sense!
Most people find that the best place to begin is with two rounds of the CrossFit Warm-up (CFWU). Those of you who are coming from a none-exercise background will probably find this to be all you can do for the first week or two. After a couple weeks of just the warm-up on the prescribed schedule, most will be ready to begin the scaled back Workout of the Day (WOD). Start with the current post; you do not have to go back to the begining. If you are unsure of something, e-mail me or put your question in the comments. The answer may help others with similar questions. You will find a detailed explanation of the CFWU on the Exercise Page. You will also find video demos from CrossFit to help you learn proper form and hopefully to inspire.
My hopes are that this will be the beginning of your journey to Fitness and Health. Some of you will eventually want to start pushing the envelope a little and journey to your local CrossFit Affiliate to get some hands-on instruction. I highly encourage anyone who has an affiliate nearby, to go. You will not find a more supportive and encouraging community anywhere!
If you do not have an affiliate near you, you can step up to the next level of training in your home gym or local globo gym by following the Brand X Martial Arts’ scaling.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a saying, “Our warm-up is your workout.”
It’s not very far off the mark. Every day you will start with CFWU x 2 (eventually 3). This means do some kind of light cardio for two minutes. It can be running, rowing, jumping rope, jumping jacks, anything that will elevate your heart rate and get your muscles warm. Then you will do a 30 second samson stretch (each side). In a lunge, stretch both arms overhead with fingers interlaced and facing the ceiling.
Followed by the CFWU x 2:
10 push-ups (may be done from the knees, try to touch chest to floor or you may do them off a low wall, the back/arm of a couch or a wall. See the Developing Push-ups video below.)
10 sit-ups (full range of motion (ROM), sit all the way up, no crunches, hands wherever you want them. You can even hold a light weight or can in you hands and “throw” it forward as a counterbalance. If this is still difficult, sit on the edge of a chair, bench, coffee table or wall and, with bent knees and leaning back slightly, pull your knees up to your chest. Your hands should be on your seat for support. )
10 pull-ups (start with jumping. If you don’t have anywhere to do a pull-up then do a standing pull: grip a doorway/post/pole close to your body fall back to full arm extention with your body stiff as a plank and pull youself back to upright.)
10 dips (use the edge of a coffee table, the corner of a counter, or the arms of a chair, with feet on the floor)
10 squats (feet shoulder-width apart, make sure your knees track over your toes and that you break parallel, all the weight should be on the heels. Do not let the heels come off the floor. Keep your back arched. This is very important, by pointing your butt out behind you, you are protecting your lower back. If you are having problems getting below parallel, do the squat while holding onto a doorway or post. If this is still too difficult, find a low chair or step and simply sit down. Make sure you are still using proper form in the movement.)
10 back extensions (these can be done over the arm of a sofa if you have something to anchor your legs, husbands work particularly well, arms crossed on your chest. Otherwise just bend over at the hip from standing using a straight back and stiff legs, hands can be placed behind the head, these are also known as Good Mornings.)
Obviously x 2 means to do this twice. For many of you, especially, those who just gave birth, this may be all you do, and that is fine. Most of you will find yourselves sore after the workout, especially over the next two days. This is also normal. Get the blood flowing into the muscles and it will go a long way towards relieving muscle soreness.
Remember this is a warm-up. No need to time this or to do it for intensity, that will come in the workout, just concentrate on your form.
Edit: You do the two minutes of cardio and the samson stretches only one time at the beginning of the warm-up, then you do the two or three rounds of the rest of the exercise.
Disclaimer: Many CF videos contain language and/or music which is not work/family safe. These videos are produced and made available completely free. If you are viewing these demos somewhere were that can cause problems, mute it. Demos courtesy of CrossFit.com.
Scaled WOD Archives
Feel free to do a search of any of the following months to see if one of the posted .com WODs is on the list.
- April 2010
- March 2010
- February 2010
- January 2010
- December 2009
- November 2009
- October 2009
- September 2009
- August 2009
- July 2009
- June 2009
- May 2009
- April 2009
- March 2009
- February 2009
- January 2009
- December 2008
- November 2008
- October 2008
- September 2008
- August 2008
- July 2008
- June 2008
- May 2008
- April 2008
Home Gym Equipment
Here is a link to the CrossFit Journal article on building your own garage gym for the price of a one year membership at a globogym (i.e. Gold’s, Bally’s, L.A. Fitness, etc)…spandex is optional. Edit: This article is now only available with a subscription to the CrossFit Journal, but believe me, since you get access to EVERY article ever written, it is worth it!
broomstick or similar pvc pipe (can be purchased at hardware store for a few dollars)
Medicine/Slam Ball – Make your own. Get a basketball, drill a hole in it and fill it with sand. Use a scale to get the ball to 15 or 20 lbs. Before you seal the ball back up, get some air back in it, that will let it bounce stightly. These are great for thrusters, wallball, overhead squats, medball cleans, slam ball etc.
Make your own Kettlebells!
Also, check out CrossFit Centurion‘s page about outfitting a crossfit-friendly gym on the cheap.