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Crossfit rising in popularity

September 26, 2014

Al Walker / The Courier - Between classes, junior Alyssa Riley completes part of her crossfit routine.

Workout programs come in and out of style, but one that has gained a lot of popularity within the last couple of years is Crossfit. Not many students at Monmouth College participate in it on campus, but some belong to Crossfit gyms at home, also known as boxes.

Those who do participate in the workout see benefits that far outweigh those of a traditional workout program.

Crossfit is a high intensity, high-energy program. Whereas the more traditional workout programs contain short breaks in between reps of weight, Crossfit contains zero breaks, and thus, is shorter in length. Senior basketball player Alyssa Riley has been doing Crossfit for almost six years and says she has seen vast improvements.

“I’ve gotten stronger, faster, I can jump higher, my sprints are quicker and I have gotten more mentally tough. I think that’s good for Crossfitters because it is very mental when you’re working out,” Riley said.

Crossfit workouts can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. The reason they are shorter than other workouts is because it incorporates cardiovascular workouts into the weightlifting. Since there are no short breaks the cardiovascular endurance is built during. The traditional workout programs include cardio at the beginning middle or end of the workouts separate from weightlifting.

“The purpose of bodybuilding and basic weight training is to get larger and stronger, however, Crossfit is about becoming more fit. Instead of adding bulk, you put on lean muscle,” said senior Blake Abbott.

Most sports teams on campus do not participate in Crossfit simply due to having more personalized workout programs. Because each sport focuses on different strengths, the workout programs are tailored to that versus just getting lean or fit.

With new gyms opening up in larger towns like Peoria, Bloomington and Decatur, more and more people are joining the Crossfit program. Recently, one box opened up in Galesburg.

Monmouth baseball players Zach McCrery and Abbott both say they have seen similar benefits as Riley. They understand other people’s concerns about Crossfit, though.

“I believe that people who participate in body building as well as basic weight training are opposed to Crossfit because it is different,” Abbott said.

“It’s all about knowing your body and controlling the weight and not overdoing it,” said McCrery. Riley agreed with McCrery and added that if you have a bad trainer there is a higher risk of injury.

“If you don’t concentrate on your form or you’re doing a stupid amount of weight that’s when injuries happen. You’re going to get hurt in anything you do, there’s always that risk,” Riley said.

So far Crossfit hasn’t seen a decline in participants. Workout programs depend on the person and the goals sought.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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