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08/24/2011

Workout Wednesdays: Cross Fit Ironhorse

Crossfit 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.

Gym 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
(817) 922-8200

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Comments

David Kessler

Looks tuff. Good coverage. It looks like its worth checking out. God only knows i need to lose some weight. It's hardly fair you promote delicious tacos (which i've eaten on your suggestion) and now taunt your readers with fitness. ugh! I need to work out. Maybe i'll check it out

Core Workouts

I am so addicted to crossfit! I have found it to be one of the most challenging workout routines I've ever done. I love it, because it's never the same, and I also love it because I am task oriented. Give me a task with a goal in mind, and let me go for it! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this exercise!

Sammy

I'm a pig. I probably need to check it out. Good article. Depressing. But good article.

Bailey

I hate Crossfit. It totally kicks my 'arse'. Great classes. Easy to focus on work outs. Not a lot of fluff. If you want to lose weight, get in shape, or add some muscle Crossfit can get it done.

Jose P.

Solid work out spot. Nice article. I checked it out the other night. I need to lose some weight and tone up a bit. It looks promising and not too exspensive.

Jill M.

I go to this gym regularly. Its worth every penny. The classes beat it out of you. I've lost close to 25 pounds in six months. 20 more to go till my goal weight. Its hard but it works and its worth every bit of the sweat equity you put into it.

Candice

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program for anyone. All exercises can be scaled to the needs of any individual and every day is constantly varied. You will never do the same workout twice over a period of weeks, months, or even years depending on the desire of the individual. Workouts consist of functional movements that are required for every day life. Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics, rowing, running, etc., are the core elements of almost all CrossFit work outs, but don't let that scare you. The coaches are there to help learn. If you are tired of the same routine, check out CrossFit Iron Horse. It will change your life.

Iron Horse

Loved having you in Mac! Thanks for the opportunity to showcase our box!

Trying to get fit

the prices are REALLY good and the workouts will drain the life out of you! (i've lost some weight doing it, but still have a long way to go)

Eric

Just curious. In your article you state you are not in the target demographic. What is the target demograhpic for crossfit?

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