“How often do you push your work out to exhaustion? Have you ever gone through a workout routine that leaves you gasping for air and every muscle in your body twitching from fatigue?” These questions are asked of Washington State University students involved in a gym called Crossfit.
Crossfit was founded in 2000, and within the last few years has grown into an epic fad across the world. It differs from an average day at the gym. Crossfit includes a variety of movements from Olympic Weight lifting to hand stand walks across the floor; climbing ropes to running miles; performing pull-ups to weighted squats. Crossfit even includes strange exercises called kipping pull-ups, burpees, double unders, wall ball shots, piston squats and many more.
The Washington State University Crossfit, or WSU Crossfit, was started in November of 2012. They meet in a small room in Smith Gym, room 21. It is filled with pull up bars, dumbbells, weighted balls, bars, boxes and jump ropes.
Multiple classes are offered, from 5:45 in the morning to 7 at night. As people come in, the small quiet space becomes filled with talk of the day’s WOD (work out of the day) and PRs (personal records) the Crossfitters will hit during the work out.
One of my friends, Alex, has been a member of WSU Crossfit ever since the beginning. I asked him about the classes, and how well they work with being a full time student. “There are quite a few classes in the mornings and at nights so it works around school pretty well.”
The Crossfitters prepare for the WOD by warming up, which usually includes stretching and getting your heart rate pumping. The WOD is written on the chalkboard. It reads, “Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of: 95 pound Thruster, 5 reps; 95 pound Hang Powercleans, 7 reps; 95 pound Sumo Deadlift High-pull, 10 reps.”
These exercises are performed by Olympic lifters, and are incorporated into an average Crossfit WOD. The men and women in the WSU gym begin by filling their bars with weights, rubbing their hands with chalk, and cranking up the music to get pumped for the workout. The clock is set for 20 minutes, and each person must perform each movement with concentration and good form to make sure they don’t injure themselves in the long run. They move in a way that drains all of their energy, and it seems that they are sweating and working harder than they ever have before.
After the time is up, some of the athletes walk around the gym to try and catch their breath; others lie on the ground because of how fatigued they are. They encourage and congratulate each other on a great job done, and head back to their busy days.
Alex says he enjoys Crossfit so much, and it has changed his WSU experience. “It’s a great community with a lot of really great and encouraging people!”
Throughout all of the different ways that Washington State University students can get fit and get healthy, my personal favorite is through Crossfit. Although I have never tried Crossfit WSU, I am definitely going to sign up for classes in the Spring!
As always, go healthy, and GO COUGS!