Cardio Training: The Importance Of Cardio in Your CrossFit

Some may think of impressive squats and deadlifts when thinking about CrossFit, but cardio is an equally important component of the CrossFit regimen. Here’s a quick rundown of the wide range of benefits to your health that cardiovascular fitness provides and the importance of cardio in a Crossfit workout:

CrossFit Cardio Training Improves Heart Health

Diet is an important part of heart health, but regular exercise is also key to your cardiovascular well-being.

A quick run on the treadmill may feel like a proper cardiovascular workout, but cardio training is most effective when your heart rate max (HR max) is somewhere between 64-94%. The fast pace of a CrossFit workout – coupled with the attentive supervision of the expert trainers at Paradiso CrossFit – allows you to push yourself to stay within that range while staying within the boundaries of your own skill level.

CrossFit athletes tend to outperform their other counterparts in this area while exercising above their anaerobic threshold. Simply put, CrossFit’s cardio training is the best way to improve your heart health and safely workout above your anaerobic threshold.

Increased Mobility

As we get older, we tend to notice more aches and pains in our muscles and joints. That’s partially due to the natural rigors of aging and a sedentary lifestyle, but CrossFit’s cardio exercises allow athletes to turn back the clock with vastly improved mobility.

If you find that your back, shoulders, and hips are tighter than they used to be, then CrossFit is a great way to help you regain your range of motion and improve your day-to-day comfort.

Cardio Boosts Your Strength Training

Yes, you read that correctly. Rigorous cardio will help you to better perform exercises, which will allow you to lift more weight and avoid unnecessary strain when pumping iron.

For example, tightness in the upper back can prevent you from doing your best on the front squat. Extremely important exercises such as squats and lunges, meanwhile, become very challenging to do with excessive tightness in the hips. Your tight shoulders, meanwhile, will keep you from getting into proper position for the overhead squat, and that can lead to pain in the shoulder joints. Anyone who has suffered a shoulder injury from improper training will tell you that they are often the toughest maladies to shake.

Take Your Cardio Training To The Next Level With Paradiso CrossFit

With a wide range of classes and training options to choose from, there’s no excuse for not signing up at Paradiso Crossfit. With multiple state-of-the-art gyms in West L.A. and a team of accomplished trainers, it’s easy to see why Paradiso CrossFit was named the Best Gym of 2016 by LA Weekly.

To get started with a free trial at any of our conveniently located gyms, fill out our simple form online or contact us by email at mail@paradisocrossfit.com.

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