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Is your exercise routine boring? Try Crossfit!

Updated on August 1, 2011

Doing the same exercise video over and over again, going to a spin or workout class that is the same routine each week, running the same 5KM every third day - all of these can lead to exercise routine fatigue.

What if you had an enormous listing of workouts, each different, that all do a job of exercising your core, your strength, your cardio and your balance and coordination? Welcome to Crossfit.

Crossfit is a workout regimen that provides a different workout of the day (WOD) that has in it a routine that is easily scalable to match any fitness level. An example of one routine is as follows:

Do three rounds of run 800 meters followed by a two minute rest.

This can be scaled down to run 400 meters or 200 meters.

Another example:

Do five rounds of 20 pull-ups, 30 push-ups, 40 sit-ups, 50 squats with a three minute rest between each round.

This can be scaled down to 10,15,20,25 or 4,6,8,10.

So don't let the difficulty of the Crossfit WOD discourage you. Scale down the routine and do it, keep track of the routine you've done and then the next time you do that exact routine again, see if you can make it a little more difficult.

There are Crossfit gyms all over, there may be one close to you. There is a Crossfit gym close to where I live but I haven't the time to go to it, though a friend of mine does go and he is thrilled at the prospect of having so many different routines. The Crossfit gyms also have trainers that really help to give you the correct form to do the routines and the motivation to do them.

I have a gym at my work which allows me to do some of the exercises that Crossfit prescribes but not all of them. As a result, I have created my own version of the Crossfit exercises to allow me to do what I can do. I've logged them at a tracking blog I've created.

By doing your own version of the Crossfit routines, you will come to see that each time you do exercise you can have a different routine. By doing different routines you will not get bored of doing the same workout each time.

Here's a video of the Michael workout:

There is lots of additional information out there in the hubsphere about Crossfit. Check out the hubs below to learn more about it.

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    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks Pink, I too like to change it up.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I have never heard of this, but it'd be interesting to try out! I'm all about trying new things, especially when it comes to exercising because my routines get boring after a while. Nice hub!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I don't doubt that a personal trainer is the quickest and most effective way to achieve personal goals. However, it isn't everyone that can afford to pay a personal trainer. I know I can't.

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      Cross-Fit Workout 6 years ago

      Personal training is proven to be the fastest and most effective way for you to reach your health, fitness and lifestyle goals. With personalised instruction you are guaranteed to recieve the attention you need in order for you to achieve your goals. The level of attention and specificity from personal training is unmatched; it is simply the most efficient way for you to lose weight, reduce body fat, increase energy, improve your all round health or any other health and fitness goal you have!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks josh. Changing the WODs daily really can keep one motivated as we'd never complain about it being the same old same old.

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      .josh. 6 years ago

      Good hub, Phil -- not my preferred style of training, but I do go for some Crossfit-type routines to mix things up every once in a while. (And I certainly see the appeal, you really do have the freedom to mix things up and keep it interesting.)

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Rupin, thanks for stopping by.

      Hennie, thanks for the vote.

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      HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

      Very useful hub. Voted up as such.

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      rupin_212 6 years ago from roorkee, india

      very useful thanks...