It’s nearly impossible to talk about fitness trends without CrossFit entering the conversation. This high-intensity workout program of constantly varying functional movements has swept the nation and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. “The great thing about CrossFit is that it can work for anyone,” says Nick Lobotsky, CrossFit Level 1 trainer and full-time coach at CrossFit NYC. “We have everyone from ex-football players to ballerinas to grandmothers who come in.” And for good reason. All CrossFit workouts, or WODs (Workout Of the Day), are scalable to each individual’s fitness ability.
From bodyweight-only routines to workouts with weights, your first WOD doesn’t have to be scary. But it should challenge — and change — you. And the workouts below will do just that — without putting you on your back. But before we get into some of these heart-pumping beginner WODS, let’s get familiar with the CrossFit lingo.