If you've ever encountered it before, the word CrossFit should strike fear into your heart.
This high intensity fitness regime uses a mixture of aerobic exercises, gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting to push the body to its absolute limits of strength, endurance, and flexibility. If that sounds exhausting, then I can assure you: it is - and I've only watched from the sidelines, at the recent Battle of London competition. Dragging your tired carcass through CrossFit's relentless routines certainly looks like it's no picnic. But the physical results are remarkable.
An hour-long CrossFit class typically includes a warm-up, an activity training segment (where you might, for example practise a handstand push-up), the high-intensity ‘Workout of the Day’ (or WOD) section, and a period of individual or group stretching. The WOD, set on the company website, is always fast paced and varied; it changes every day, providing new stimuli for the body and mind. So, while the suggested regime on Wednesday January 29 focused on short runs, pull-ups and squats, the day before it was all about weightlifting (Thursday, mercifully, was designated a Rest Day).