CrossFit: A History Of Burning Calories


CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness methodology that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness using a myriad of exercises more commonly found in the activities of weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. The fitness regimens was born out of a small gym in Santa Cruz back in 1995 and has since grown to an unbelievable level of popularity.

Even if you do not participate in CrossFit yourself, odds are that you know multiple people who do. The number of CrossFit gyms in the United States has grown from 13 in 2005 to over 10,000 today.

The workouts are designed to enhance a wide array of physical characteristics simultaneously, including: cardiovascular endurance, power, flexibility, speed, agility and balance. CrossFit evokes new, fun and creative methods for training, making each workout unique and challenging.

Although a CrossFit workout typically does not last very long, these short workouts pack an intense punch. For those looking to burn calories in the most effective way possible, CrossFit is the answer.

So how many calories are typically burned during a CrossFit workout? Well Men’s Health investigated this question and the results are pretty awesome.

The study investigated the most common CrossFit workouts, known as “The Cindy.” The Cindy is a 20-minute workout that consists of only bodyweight exercises. In order to complete the circuit, start by setting a timer for 20 minutes. You then do 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats in that order. These three exercises, together, make up one round. The goal is to complete as many rounds as you can before the 20 minutes are up.


The Cindy is pretty simple. It requires no equipment, which means that you can do this workout basically anywhere. But don’t let the simplicity fool you because his workout packs a punch. According to a study by Kennesaw State University, the Cindy can burn 261 calories per session. For a simple 20-minute workout, 261 calories is very impressive.

“The entire workout contains just three bodyweight exercises,” Brian Kliszczewicz, Ph.D. and lead study author, told Men’s Health. “But because the exercises incorporate all your muscles and you do them intensely, the workout is impressive in terms of caloric expenditure.”

The Cindy is just the beginning of CrossFit. If you are on the fence about joining a CrossFit gym, then try this workout out. It is sure fire way to efficiently burn calories! When you are ready to join a gym, you can be sure to expect even more great workouts that will pack an even bigger punch.


Essential CrossFit Moves

There are a number of foundational movements that everyone who is looking to get into CrossFit should master prior to completing a WOD (workout of the day). These key exercises and movements are proven ways to increase your strength, build your lung capacity and give you the confidence to take on anything. CrossFit is not an easy workout by any means, therefore, you need to be careful and execute proper form in order to avoid injury. I recently saw this article, which outlines some essential crossfit moves, listed below:

1) The Box Jump | Muscles Used: GLutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

2) The Overhead Squat | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves, Hamstrings, Core, Shoulders and Back

3) The Back Squat | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves and Core

4) The Front Squat | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves and Core

5) The Snatch | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves, Traps, Core, Shoulders and Back

6) The Split Jerk | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves, Core, Shoulders, Back and Triceps

7) The Handstand Push-Up | Muscles Used: Shoulders, Core and Triceps

8) The Pull-Up | Muscles Used: Back, Core, Shoulders and Chest

9) The Muscle-Up | Muscles Used: Back, Shoulders, Core and Triceps

10) The Push Press | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Shoulders and Core

11) The Push-Up | Muscles Used: Shoulders, Triceps, Biceps and Core

12) The Thruster | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quad, Hamstrings, Calves, Core, Shoulders, Back and Triceps

13) The Deadlift | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Calves, Back and Core

14) The Pistol Squat | Muscles Used: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings and Calves

If you are looking to learn more about these CrossFit moves or learn a few more, check out this article. Let me know what you think of these workouts and if you have any tips that you think would be important to share. Send me a message on Twitter.

The 3 Benefits Of CrossFit That You Need To Know

5892987840_1c84161716_oCrossFit has exploded in popularity over the last several years. In fact, there are now over 10,000 CrossFit associated gyms in existence, and the number continues to grow. That is a staggering figure, especially when you consider that only 13 existed in 2005. So by now you probably have heard of someone who is obsessed (like me) with these intense workouts, or you have begun taking part in these workouts yourself.

Whatever the case may be, these 3 facts below will hopefully inspire someone to pick up the sport or motivate someone to keep pushing along with their program.

1. Burns calories. A lot of calories.

CrossFit is one of the most effective forms of exercises for burning calories in a short period of time. A typical workout lasts an average of 10 to 20 minutes, but CrossFIt keeps your metabolic rate – the rate at which you burn calories – elevate for long after the workout is over. Therefore, even after you are down with your CrossFit workout, you will still be burning calories at a much higher rate than during a normal resting period.

2. Increases joint mobility

According to Heidi Jones, head coach at Brick New York, the varied movements involved in doing a different CrossFit exercise everyday helps to increase joint mobility. Compared to traditional workouts (such as bicep curls) where the movements are always the same, with CrossFit your limbs are moving in all different directions.

3. It’s great for cardiovascular conditioning

Your heart rate will remain elevated throughout the entirety of your workout. This helps greatly to increase your endurance. According to an American Council on Exercise study conducted on CrossFit, participants heart rates were elevated to 90% of maximum heart rate (HRmax), which was sustained throughout two CrossFit workouts. A HRmax between 64 to 94 percent is what is recommended in order to improve cardio endurance, so CrossFit is the perfect way to reach this goal!

CrossFit is a fun form of exercise. If you find yourself sick of wasting your time on the elliptical or treadmill then give CrossFit a shot! The exercise are always new, which means you won’t get bored and you will continually be challenged.

For more tips and information about why CrossFit is awesome, check out this article here.

2015 CrossFit Games

The 2015 CrossFit games represent the most grueling and intense series of challenges that have ever been organized. Making good on their promise to find the “Fittest on Earth,” the CrossFit games asks for everything out of its participants, and then some. Thousands train hard every year for the opportunity to compete in the annual games, offering both men’s, women’s, and team championships.

Among the champions, several breakout stars made their names known. Although he did not take home the gold, Dan Bailey put on a fantastic show in the remaining events of the 13 event marathon. Obstacles like CrossFit’s “Pedal to the Metal 1” with its climbable pegboard, rowing, biking, and 100-pound dumbbell squats kept all but six men from completing within the allotted time. But after only a short two minute break before launching into “Pedal to the Metal 2,” Dan struggled with the handstand push-ups, another round of rowing, and kettlebell deadlifts. While not earning the $250,000 prize, Dan was awarded ‘The Spirit of The Games,” and proudly stood with the top ten in his category.

Equal parts mighty and mousy, 15-year-old Sydney Sullivan, a former cross country star, chose to transition to CrossFit because she enjoyed the competitive community and steep challenges. Taking first in six out of seven events, Sullivan blazed past her second place competitor. When asked to name her favorite of the events, Sullivan chose The Long Chipper.

This insane test of mind and body requires two sets of box jumps, 25 D-ball ground-to-shoulders, two sets of 25 chin-over-bar pull-ups, 50 wall-ball shots, and 25 sandbag ground-to-shoulders. Completing this feat would be a challenge for most, Sydney Sullivan shattered expectations with a 15:00 finish time.

The mission of the CrossFit games holds true now as it did during its founding. No other fitness test challenges physical prowess in the myriad of ways that CrossFit can. Designed to cover the broadest range of muscle groups and cardio training, CrossFit separates the strong from the dedicated, and the fit from the phenom. More than doubling its affiliated sponsors from last year, CrossFit is poised to become the Olympics of the future.