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.