Hey, Rick Ross, you've lost 100 pounds using CrossFit. What are you going to do next? Instead of Disneyland, the rapper plans to share the secrets of what he's now calling "RossFit," reported MTV recently.
“I do this s*** called CrossFit. I call it RossFit,” said Ross, using terms probably not approved by Disney. (Translation for the innocent: Additional uses of a word that starts with "sh" ahead. In our house, we call it poop. Here, we'll pretend it stands for "stuff.")
And where did it begin? His love affair with WOD (Workout of the Day) commenced when a trainer revealed the difference between rapping, er, we mean, jogging on a treadmill and rocking a WOD.
"Reebok had introduced me to a trainer, and what he turned me onto was — let’s say, for instance, if you got on the treadmill, and you did that s*** for 30 minutes,” he said. “Yeah, you burning calories, but you could be doing something that’s burning calories and building muscle at the same time. So, it’s like you working out for a shorter time.”
Prior to discovering CrossFit/RossFit": “The most I used to do for exercise was stand up and count money,”admitted Ross.
But diet counts too. And that's been an adventure.
“Now, they give me fruit to eat. I forgot what fruit tasted like. I eat pears now, and s*** like that.”
(Note: New to CrossFit? It typically involves more than adding fruit to the diet. For a great look at how a Paleo low carb diet can team up with CrossFit plus recipes galore, read - and cook! - "The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking.")
And his message to those hesitant of CrossFit?
"I could go out and do some s*** for 20 minutes, and you could be looking like this," he said in what could become CrossFit's new mantra.
For those who want to learn more, a variety of books and DVDs have flooded the market to fill the void. However, beware: Some of them are incomprehensible unless you already know CrossFit (or really, really, REALLY like to google terms).
The ones we recommend include:
- More of a journey than a gym workout, but a worthwhile look at why so many people go cuckoo for CrossFit: "Inside the Box: How CrossFit Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body"
- Part of what makes CrossFit so special is the community (or in RossFit terms: the s*** inside the mind rather than the body). Exploring that concept is "The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection."
- For those who ask: Where did it all start, and where is it going, read "Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness."