CrossFit is in the first place super nice. And super effective if you really want to be fit and strong. The training sessions (a training called WOD = workout of the day) are a combination of strength training, gymnastics, weight lifting and cardio training. They are based on functional movements, ie movements that you use in daily life. Examples include weightlifting, running, rowing, pull-ups, push-ups, jumping and rope climbing. With push-ups, for example, you use your body only, but you also train with dumbbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bars, gymnastics rings, ropes and even car tires.
Because of the varied workouts you train not only your strength and endurance, but also your agility and coordination. That is why many top athletes do CrossFit training outside their regular training schedule. After a short while you feel a lot fitter and stronger!
One of the big differences with an ordinary gym is that you do not train alone, but in a group. A group that supports and encourages you. Another big difference with a gym is that you are immediately part of a community in a box (CrossFit gym). That means that you do not make excuses for not exercising, but pushing and persevering.
The training at CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam lasts one hour. You start with a warm-up first, followed by a technical part in which movements are explained and practiced, and then the WOD follows. And that is different every day! The groups are small (up to 14 people) and are always accompanied by a qualified CrossFit coach. WODs are very intensive and afterwards you feel a different person.
Yes! From 5 to 100 years. From trained athletes to people who have never practiced a sport. And all kind of people with different levels in one group. How is that possible? Very simple: all exercises can be adjusted to your level! And if, for example due to an injury, you can not do an exercise, we will come up with one for you that you can do.
'I did not do anything about sport for years when I received a brochure about CrossFit Flames XL Amsterdam. 'From 5 to 100 years', it said. As a 62-year-old you do not immediately think: of course, I'm going to CrossFit. But after a visit to the box I was convinced that CrossFit is really for everyone and that the exercises are adapted to what you can. You just join in, and when the others dozens of kilos of bench presses, I do less. The coaches pay close attention to this. But I am encouraged just as hard as everyone else! In a short time I have become top fit and I have almost no problems with aches and other old-age suffering. In addition, I have met many nice people. '
'Every night after my work I hung on the couch with a beer and something to snack at hand. My condition was zero and I looked like a pudding. At one point I thought it was beautiful. I went googling a bit, and it turned out that CrossFit Flames XL had just been opened nearby. I was sold after the trial lesson. The coaches are really great and the box exudes hospitality and motivation. I have become a lot fitter in a very short time and look much better. And CrossFit gives me a lot of energy! I go three times a week and always look forward to it! '
'After my second pregnancy, I was really unhappy with my body. Via via I came across CrossFit Flames XL. I will never forget that I entered for the first time and met coach Jinga Gosschalk. She had a huge smile on her face and made me feel right at home. It turned out she had done a CrossFit and Pregnancy course, so she knew exactly what I needed. From that day on, I had my CrossFit family. I am mentally and physically stronger, more confident and a healthier and happier person since I started. "
'I've seen a lot of gyms in Amsterdam from the inside! But being on your own with weights is so boring, so after a while I stopped again. A friend has persuaded me to go to CrossFit Flames XL once. A beautiful space, but I was wondering how you can get fit without devices. Well, I know that now! I never get bored under a training, because every WOD is different. It is great to train in a group. When I am tired, but see that all others are still going on, I also take a step further. '
'As soon as I enter CrossFit Flames XL, I'll leave everything behind. I've started CrossFit to lose weight. I thought that would take months, but the kilos are flying off. It is so intensive! Now I am mainly busy getting fitter and stronger. The great coaches (Jinga, Marcha, Oliver and Simon) and my fellow athletes encourage me to do my very best. I would not think I'd skip a training! "