Crossfit is all about training to be ready for any exercise that is thrown at you. The idea around Crossfit is to be good at everything, but not necessarily the best at one thing. It is about being a well rounded athlete, so when something comes at you that isn’t exactly in your wheelhouse, you’re still able to get through it. You have to be strong, but not powerlifter or strongman strong. You need to be able to run, but you’re not a marathoner.
It is adopting the mindset that you’re able to tackle any challenge thrown at you, because you’ve trained for that reason; to be able to do anything and everything.
The workouts themselves can be relatively short, but don’t let that fool you. They are some of the most intense workouts you’ll ever do. The whole philosophy around the workouts, besides getting you out of your comfort zone, is that you give it your all, finish the workout, stretch, and then go about the rest of your day.
It is dedicating maybe an hour of your day to a workout, and leaving it all on the floor. You are usually working out in a class or group with other people, but you do the best you can, and don’t compare yourself to anybody else.
The workouts are fast paced and intense, and for that reason it is important to know how to perform the basic movements properly, before trying a class. Lots of workouts are performed for time, meaning you try and get through it as fast as you can. So you can imagine if you’re coming in for a workout and performing at maximal output, with less than ideal form on the exercises, you are more prone to getting injured. The best way to avoid getting injured is to make sure you have a good understanding of the basic movements that could/will come up in a crossfit workout, and your body is properly warmed up and prepared for the onslaught ahead.