Some common CrossFit exercises

May 23, 2014

CrossFit has caught on in a big way across the world, and Canada is no exception. Crucial CrossFit games were held in the country as part of regional events too recently. As part of the games, athletes are expected to participate in intense, brutal events so as to test their capabilities. While this relates to the competitive side of CrossFit, the program also has a series of exercises that are commonly practised not just by hardcore athletes, but anyone interested in fitness.

If you join a regular CrossFit program, you will be taught the nine fundamental CrossFit movements.

Air squat: The squat is an important movement, and is actually a natural human movement. Squatting is good for the joints and the air squat is one of them.

Front squat: While performing a front squat, you will have to make use of a bar which you support with your shoulders and not hold, while squatting.

Overhead squat: The overhead squat is ideal for those who want to develop their abs. The movement is a core exercise and develops athletic action.

Shoulder press: This is also a basic move and is important to develop your upper body fitness. In this position, the bar is on the shoulder and you raise it and bring it back to the shoulder.

Push press: A movement that strengthens your upper body and helps in weightlifting

Push jerk: The push jerk is an extension of the push press but includes a movement of bending the knees again so that the athlete can drop under the bar and hold it with his arms straight.

Deadlift: The deadlift helps in building muscle and is also an exercise that moves several muscles that otherwise don't get any action. The deadlift can help you with any other kind of sport that you take up after.

Sumo deadlift high pull: Another kind of deadlift where you have to take a wide leg stance while lifting or pulling. The exercise gets its name from the wide sumo stance.

Medicine ball: The exercise looks very simple for beginners, but it is not. However, it is an important training method and is used as a foundation to teach Olympic lift to a newcomer. Employ a sumo stance with hands on the ball. You should lift the ball with hips still extended and stand straight. This is followed by a squat while holding the ball to finish the exercise.