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Circuit Training and functional training.

Is CrossFit circuit training?

Well, yes, but so is most group coordinated training. Circuit training is simply doing exercises or movements in a circuit like fashion. So, changing from one to another. Pretty much any type of fitness training that uses one or more exercises could be defined as circuit training. We often do that in CrossFit, among other things, but we do it in a way where we have a set goal in terms of completing and recording a certain amount of work so we can track our progress.

So, is it functional?

Absolutely! Functional training is defined as exercises which involve training the body for the activities performed in everyday life. And CrossFit’s definition is Constantly varied, FUNCTIONAL training performed at high intensity. So, to give you an example, a squat is a functional movement as it mimics daily movements like standing up or squatting to look under your car. A press is functional as it mimics lifting something overhead. Everything we do is functional and help immensely in improving your ability to do everyday tasks with ease.

HIIT

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It involves short, intense periods of exercise, followed by rest periods. If we mix high-intensity cardio activities like sprinting with strength it allows you to burn the most calories in the shortest amount of time. It does require you to push as hard as you can for the short period, which is why the rest is allowed. In CrossFit we do HITT! But, we do HITT and a lot more.

While HIIT is a very effective way to train, it’s not the complete package. In CrossFit, we will do HIIT once or twice a week but mix it with short high-intensity workouts without rest, medium and long monostructural (cardio) workouts, as well as weightlifting and Gymnastics.

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