FORT WORTH - Something new The Big Mac Blog is tackling is the fitness scene here in the greater FW/d. If it's a local gym or fitness place, it's the mission of The Big Mac Blog to give it a shot and write about it. That covers everything from yoga, running, biking, kick boxing, weight lifting, etc.
This first part of my "travels" took me to Crossfit Iron Horse. Click here for the gym's website.
Crossfit is a relatively new workout craze that, if you are fit or are trying to lose a few pounds, is a wonderfully challenging workout. I have done one of these workouts and even though I'm in pretty decent shape for a man my age (I'm no longer a part of an advertister's desired demographic) this workout is be a big, giant, fat B. I would do this again and again.
It acts like a boot camp class, but there is more strength training and muscle development here than your average boot camp. Classes vary and the owners/coaches of the gym constantly change it up so your muscles are continually challenged.
My class began with about 10 minutes of intense and active stretching, enough so the heart rate starts to go.
Then the real workout begins that includes a 400 meter run, a series of about 100 jumps over a barbell, 50 squat and cleans, double jump rope, etc. This portion of the workout is the mother. I was dying by the end. The most intense part of this workout lasts only between 11 to 20 minutes. The faster you can complete it, the "better" you are.
The workout requires some coordination, and probably some patience, too. This isn't easy, but it can be done. If you are trying to lose weight, this workout will do it. But you have to do it.
The class I attended included about 18 people, of all shapes and sizes. The initial effects I felt was a metabolism that felt like it kicked, and core soreness. My experience has been if you are trying to lose weight it helps tremendously to be in a class environment where there is peer pressure to stay to complete the workout, as well as the social element that acts as a draw. This place provides that.
This particular gym is nothing to look at, serving in basic essentials with a shower, etc. Don't go in expecting a 24 Hour Fitness. Just go in expecting to work out, pretty hard, and be done.
Crossfit Iron Horse
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