Since its creation in 2000, CrossFit has evolved from a specialized training program to a fitness staple in more than 7,000 gyms across the world. CrossFit combines gymnastics, bodyweight exercises, Olympic weightlifting and more to create a variety of workouts of the day (WODs to the pros) that are available for free on their website. Whether you’re trying your first WOD or you’re a full-fledged fanatic, there are plenty of technology resources to help you make the most of your CrossFit endeavors.
At roughly three times the cost of traditional gym memberships, CrossFit is a financial commitment. If you’re on the fence, test the waters first by trying some workouts on your own. That’s where WODBOX comes in. Enter the equipment you have access to and the app’s Genius function will generate a random WOD (“Workout of the Day”) for you. Some WODs, like “Cindy” – completing as many rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats as possible in 20 minutes – require little or no equipment at all.
There are plenty of WOD-tracking apps available, but one that is probably the easiest to remember is WOD – Workout Logger. With this app, you can find and compare previous workouts to track your progress over time. The app also includes a variety of timers, including a Tabata timer that helps you navigate through four tough minutes of high-interval exercise.
When it comes to measuring more than just workouts, smart accessories like UP by Jawbone can help track your heart rate and calories burned during a WOD, and even your quality of sleep. Devices like the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale can measure and track your weight, body mass index and body fat percentage. If you’re looking to document your CrossFit journey, the GoPro Hero 3 can help give friends, family and followers a first-person look at your workout.
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