Thanks to Crossfit Birkenhead I finally feel like I have got my pre-pregnancy strength back. I have been going twice a week for the past couple of months and truly believe it is one of the best exercise classes out there (and I'm a ex-personal trainer!).
A Crossfit gym is quite old-fashioned in the sense that it comprises of equipment such as barbells, kettlebells, a pull up bar, medicine balls and skipping ropes, there's no gimmicks here - just the basics, which also happen to be the most effective.
The 45 minute workout starts with a strength component, this is usually something along the lines of a 'clean and jerk' or 'clean and press' a.k.a Olympic weightlifting but on a MUCH smaller scale! then you go onto the workout of the day. The workout of the day (W.O.D) is a circuit that incorporates a few exercises using various equipment and leaves you huffing and puffing to say the least, the exercises and number of reps are changed daily to keep things fresh and stops you from getting into a plateau.
There are many things I like about Crossfit.....there is the functional exercise, the competitive environment to help push you along, the broad range of exercises and the high intensity workouts that leave you feeling refreshed without making you feel drained for the rest of the day.
Check out this video to get an idea of what a Crossfit gym looks like.