You may have heard about CrossFit by now. It is a core strength and conditioning program that was developed to enhance an individuals competency at all physical tasks. And yes, CrossFit is hard and many of you will simply say “well, it’s just not for me”. Understandably so. But if you want to give a try on your own, here is a simple Crossfit exercise to get you started: it’s called “Cindy”.
Cindy is a benchmark workout that consist of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats for as many rounds possible (AMRAP) in 20 minutes. It may look easy on paper but it’s nothing but. It may have a female name but that doesn’t mean men cannot perform it. It’s a challenge for men and women.
The good thing about starting out with Cindy is that there is no special technique needed – pull-ups, push-ups and squats. If you can’t do regular pull-ups, try jumping pull-ups. If you want to go on a slower pace to get started, just do 10 rounds total instead of timing it. You’re a beginner, after all.
When researchers put well-trained, experienced CrossFitters through Cindy, they found that participants hit an average heart rate of 170 beats per minute. That’s the sign of a very intense cardiovascular workout as it meant they were, on average, exercising at 88 percent of their maximum heart rate for the full workout.
The movements themselves are great for beginners but can also be used by top elite athletes. Make sure to learn these movements first to prevent injury.
Take a look at the video below in order to perform the workout properly.
Think you can take on Cindy? Try it and let us know how you do!
Reference: CrossFit: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly