Enter Mexico’s growing extreme fitness scene

Despite its reputation as a wellness destination, Mexico is a fat country, in fact it has some of the highest obesity statistics in the world. A staggering 32% of men and 42% of women consider themselves obese. With 41% more men and 36% more women considered overweight, you could be forgiven for thinking the fitness scene in Mexico is non-existent.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. From high-intensity programs like CrossFit to grueling Spartan races, Mexico offers fitness options for people looking to take their training to the next level. There are CrossFit gyms in every major city and beach destination Puerto Vallartaa Mexico Citya Monterrey or Tulumand a series of high-profile fitness events for die-hard fans (or masochists) to compete in.

CrossFit is a highly social workout that promotes friendship and support as part of the program. (Fibonacci gym)

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a very intense training program that uses functional movement and weight training in high cardio sessions. It is, in many ways, the ultimate HIIT session, with a set number of repetitions, time limits and distances set for participants. In general, the activities in a session are similar to what you might find in Olympic disciplines, and can include gymnastics and flexibility challenges, traditional weight training, and speed and endurance challenges as well.

Sessions are usually led by a qualified coach, and have structured warm-ups and cool-downs, as well as more strength and flexibility-oriented stages. However, it’s worth noting that these workouts are best for people with a more competitive streak, as they’re designed to track progress and pit gyms against each other.

As a result, CrossFit can also be a great way to meet new people if you’ve just arrived in Mexico. The social element of training is so strong, in fact, that many gyms like Fibonacci curves advertise the great community element of their CrossFit programs.

Mexican CrossFit competitor Paco Zrate believes the sport is accessible to anyone who wants to challenge themselves with extreme fitness. (Francisco Zrate)

How do I get started with CrossFit in Mexico?

Paco Zarate is a competitive CrossFitter who competes in Mexico and the United States. At 49, and having recently become a grandfather, you might think his prime gym years are behind him, but Paco is one of the top competitors in his CrossFit age group of 8,000 competitors, a testament to the speed of the sport. growing up in mexico

There is a big [CrossFit] culture in Mexico, says Paco. It is not for everyone because it is a hard discipline, but it is accessible.

You sign up, pay for your CrossFit membership and get started, he explains. It is for me and for all ages. There are people who are 80 years old in CrossFit.

When asked how people can get into CrossFit, Zarate explains that it’s important to find the right starting point, rather than diving right in. It is important to ensure that if you are going to embark on a fitness journey, you always do so with a properly accredited trainer to help reduce the risk of injury.

CrossFit allows competitors of any age to challenge themselves. While Paco is 49 years old, some athletes are up to 80. (Francisco Zrate)

The first thing you need to do is find the right coach. You should start from the basics to the advanced, he says. This is important, because given the intensity of the training, it’s possible to find yourself pushing yourself harder than your body is ready for. You could enter an advanced class, and if you don’t know how to do that, you can try lifting [too heavily] or walk with your hands, and you’ll hurt yourself, warns Paco.

Although CrossFit has a bit of a reputation for causing injuries, many of these injuries are caused by people pushing too hard too fast, so take your time and work with a professional who understands your needs. training is paramount.

Test your skills with a Spartan race

If you want to put your CrossFit skills into practice, then a Spartan Race might be the best way to do it. Mexico has many options for everyone who wants to challenge themselves on the ultimate obstacle course: climb, run, crawl and sweat on routes ranging from 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) to a brutal 160 (yes, one hundred and sixty kilometers 99.4 miles).

The most popular races, the Spartan Sprints, are three to five miles long and feature 25 to 30 obstacles along the course. Other disciplines, such as the Spartan Super, a 10km version, and the Spartan Beast (21km) are also popular choices for athletes here in Mexico.

If you are already familiar with Spartan races in the US, the Mexican versions are a bit easier for beginners. I went to the United States to run and the parameters were different. The people were bigger, the weights heavier and the obstacles higher, says Paco. I suffered with my climbing wall because [the walls] they were taller than he was used to. Sometimes it’s complicated when you go to another country to run a Spartan race, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s very challenging.

With upcoming events a Campeche, Mexico, San Luis Potos and Acapulcoit’s also a great excuse to explore more of Mexico.

CrossFit in Mexico is for everyone

If you feel insecure about your personal form before starting intense sports training, challenge this mentality!. Pregnant women do CrossFit, says Paco. There are people with physical disabilities who train. There are even specific categories in the CrossFit Games for these people. Everyone can participate, your age, gender or size doesn’t matter.

We are often afraid of not finishing, or of looking ridiculous in front of other people, but the thing is, you just have to start.

If you’re thinking about signing up for a Spartan Race (you should!), more information is available at your website.

Of course, if you’re looking for something more holistic and a little less hectic, why not check out our best Tulums guide? Bikini bootcamps?

By Mexico News Daily writer Chris Havler-Barrett

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