By Sara Steiniger
New exercise experience, Crossfit is coming to Grahamstown at the beginning of April. This new workout obsession focuses on high-intensity, functional movement and variations of sports such as gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, metabolic conditioning and weight training.
This type of exercise uses different types of workouts and helps you get fit for any sport.
“Because our workouts are constantly varied, you will never get bored,” says owner and head trainer at CrossFit Grahamstown, Abby de Beer, who has been part of the fitness industry for roughly seven years, when she and her husband decided to change their unhealthy lifestyles.
De Beer argues that many people workout in gym but are bored and either reading or on their phones. “Not in CrossFit! You will find your inner Primal being,” says de Beer.
CrossFit helps you achieve a healthy, fit body, along with healthy eating habits, as weightlifting along with various other activities found in the workouts help you to lose weight. “The body fat should melt off you, but more importantly, you will begin to feel strong,” says de Beer.
CrossFit is very different to your average gym experience. No exercise machines are isolated, they only make use of a rowing machine, as the workouts incorporate rope climbing, sprints and jumping on boxes.“The workouts are very specific in their structure which has been unwavering in its success since CrossFit first started,” says de Beer.
The workouts are about 45 minutes, with a warm up and cool down. The core workout time can be as short as 10 minutes, because the exercise is so intense, you will feel as though you have been working out for 2 hours.
The first two weeks of April will be Foundation Courses in the CrossFit gym, located on Rautenbach Road in the industrial area. These daily sessions will be posted on their website (www.crossfitgrahamstown) as well as where you can book your classes. “Everyone who comes through our door is welcome and once you join us, you join our CrossFit family,” says de Beer.
There are various packages, suitable for all budgets and classes are intimate, with no more than 15 people. “We encourage our athletes to encourage each other,” says de Beer before adding, “you automatically become an athlete when you walk through our doors.”