Are you looking to turn up the intensity on your workout, change your routine, or just take on a new challenge? Then CrossFit might be just the workout for you! While it’s likely you’ve at least heard of “CrossFit”, you may not have a clear understanding of what it is or how to get started. At first glance it can seem pretty intimidating, but you don’t have to be afraid. With a little background info, you can take on CrossFit like the champion you are!

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What It Is: At this point CrossFit is as much of a culture as it is a workout. The core of CrossFit is an exercise regimen focused on overall fitness and constantly changing workouts. However, the element of community is just as essential to the effectiveness of the routines. Everyone is challenged to perform at their highest level together; however, it is understood that not everybody can perform at that same level. This means that you don’t have to be a superhuman or Olympic athlete to try CrossFit! Exercises can be modified for all walks of life and seminars are offered for a wide range of individuals, from kids and gymnasts to those looking to improve their self-defense skills. What began as a single CrossFit location by founder Greg Glassman, has grown into household name with over 5,000 affiliates helping to spread the word of CrossFit around the globe.

What It Works: So what muscles does CrossFit target? Every single muscle in your body, (including the ones you didn’t even know you had). No two workouts are the same, and the constantly changing combination of moves will keep you challenged and prevent workout boredom. CrossFit is the “sport of fitness”, so expect exercise to be varied, exciting and make you feel like more of an athlete in training than a mom in a routine.

What’s the Lingo: Remember how we said CrossFit is a culture? Well, it’s true! In addition to being an absolutely unique form of exercise, they practically have their own language too. CrossFitters look to the WOD (Workout of the Day), for exercise inspiration posted by CrossFit and CrossFit enthusiasts. When they want to workout, CrossFitters can head to a Box. Translation? A CrossFit gym. Once at the box, you may have to do AMRAP, or “as many reps as possible”, within a set time limit. Now that you can talk the talk, see if you can walk the walk. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll even find yourself competing in the CrossFit Games, an annual competition to crown the top male and female CrossFitters from across the country. Hmm… Queen of CrossFit sounds pretty good to us!

How To Get Started: While the CrossFit Headquarters is located in Santa Cruz, Calif., there are affiliated “boxes” all across the country (and around the world). Click here to find one near you. Want to test the waters before diving in? Click here to try an at-home CrossFit workout to burn 500 calories.