The first time I heard the term “WOD” was during my first ever CrossFit class.
I had to lean over to the person next to me and as discreetly as possible ask for clarification on what a WOD was, and why it was going to be “death”, as the coach put it.
They were right, it was tough! But it was also the beginning of something awesome for me.
Today I’ll tell you what WOD is and why it might be right for you!
What Is WOD
WOD stands for “Workout of the Day,” and is most commonly used in CrossFit lingo.
The way most gyms work is they have a primary workout of the day, coached multiple times throughout that day.
Not all gyms, or “boxes” as they are commonly referred to, are made the same.
Workouts and coaching methods can vary from gym to gym, but there are hundreds of WODs that are recognized at just about any gym.
These workouts are generally timed and recorded as a point of reference to see what level you’re at on a worldwide scale and are also a personal reference point for each individual.
Why can WOD Do For Me?
WODs are one of those things that people typically absolutely love, or loathe, or if you are like me, you loathe and then once you are done, you love.
They cover a wide range of movements and training styles, with a focus on heavy weights, high cardio, high reps, as well as quick repetitions.
Similar to HIIT workouts where the body is required to use a variety of muscle fibers and muscle groups at a high capacity, WODs push the body to do the same for more extended periods of time with fewer breaks.
While some workouts require heavy lifts such as deadlifts, or snatches, other workouts are done entirely by bodyweight.
What sets WOD apart from most other forms of training is that they were purposefully created to not specialize for any one sport or one type of training.
While I am an athlete that specializes in one sport right now, I still regularly do the Workouts of the Day in order to optimize my athleticism in all areas.
So why should a WOD be of interest to you?
These workouts isolate major components of fitness: cardiorespiratory fitness, stamina, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy, in order to, by definition, truly cross train in such a way that fitness, in general, can be optimal.
If you are trying to target any of those major areas of fitness, a WOD can be an intense and effective way to do so.