Sheldon’s Corner – 10 Best CrossFit Workouts for Weight Loss
It’s no secret that if you do CrossFit, you will most certainly burn fat. High Intensity Interval Training is the backbone of CrossFit and extremely effective for weight loss. Even after workouts are finished, there is still a calorie burn/metabolic effect that continues. I have done my research and according to CrossFit coaches around the world, these 10 workouts are the best for burning off fat.
One of the many WODs named after ladies, Helen features a combo of cardio and strength (hint: this will be a theme). It’s done for time, with the idea that you’ll beat your previous record in subsequent sessions. The combination of running and kettlebell swings really revs up metabolism. The pull-ups add some multi-joint strength work to build calorie-burning muscle.
Three rounds for time:
21 kettlebell swings at 53 pounds
12 pullups (band-supported if needed)
Consider Eva to be Helen’s bigger, meaner sister. This workout hits both the cardio and strength system—the run is pure cardio, the swings and pull-ups are a cardio-strength hybrid—leading to massive calorie burn.
Five rounds for time:
30 kettlebell swings at 70 pounds, if you can swing it…
30 pull-ups (band-supported if needed)
CrossFit has an affinity for WODs that sound oh-so-simple… until you realize what’s being demanded. Grace uses just one exercise, the clean and jerk, to that effect. Heavy lifting is great for weight loss. Here’s a fun workout that combines lifting with speed! Be sure you can do the move with proper form before going full throttle, then get your stopwatch ready and your bar loaded.
30 clean and jerks at 135 pounds
4. “Fight Gone Bad”
In this one, the goal is to earn your own high score by keeping track of total reps of five exercises done as hard as possible for one minute each. It’s an excellent weight-loss workout because the one-minute max-effort rounds allow athletes to work at their highest capacity, regardless of ability. For the first four exercises, you’ll count and add up your reps, then add the calorie count on the rowing machine to your score.
Three rounds, one-minute per exercise, with one-minute rest between rounds:
Wall balls at 20 pounds with 10-foot target
Sumo deadlift high-pull at 75 pounds
20-inch box jumps
Push-press at 75 pounds
5. “Newport Crippler”
This WOD actually gets easier(ish) the more pounds you drop. It’s a great benchmark as you’re losing weight, as the squats get lighter as you do. And there’s nothing like a brisk run after a heavy leg workout to make you feel light on your feet, right?
30 back squats loaded with your body weight equivalent
6. 7 Minutes of Burpees
Yup, that’s it! Oy, that’s it. Absolutely hellish, there is no movement that taxes the body like burpees. A beginner may only get 25 reps in 7 minutes while an elite athlete may get near or over 100 reps, but both athletes would walk (or crawl) away from this one with a serious metabolic boost.
In 7 minutes:
Do as many burpees as possible
Fran is a fast sprint workout that will keep fat burning for hours after your workout. With a diminishing rep count, Fran should get easier as you go…except that you’ll be pretty blown out from the previous round.
21/15/9 reps for time:
Thrusters at 95 pounds
Perhaps more aptly called, “balls to the wall,” Karen is just that: 150 wall balls done for time. It’s a strength-based task that drives the heart rate sky-high because of the sheer volume of work. You’ll get a bonus burn as your body struggles to adapt to new muscle growth for 48-72 hours post-WOD.
150 wall balls at 20 pounds with 10-foot target (stopping before complete failure)
Level 1: 8:00-10:00
Level 2: 5:00-8:00
Level 3: 4:00-5:00
Elite: < 4:00
Yes, that’s a lot of reps. Yes, that’s a lot of running. Yes, that’s A LOT of calories burnt. One of the longest and more grueling CrossFit workouts, you’ll probably end up going non-stop for an hour or more. You can break up the monster sets of pull-ups, pushups, and air squats with rest as needed—just remember that rest adds to your total time.
300 air squats
10. “CF open 16.2”
Designed for the 2016 CrossFit Open competition, this WOD is no joke. You must complete each round within four minutes in order to earn more time to proceed to the next. The combination of cardio (double unders) and heavy weight (squat cleans) works multiple metabolic systems and leads to increased calorie burn. This workout is a sprint, no matter if you’re a beginner who only makes it through the first 4-minute round or an elite athlete who makes it through all 20 minutes.
Complete within 4 minutes:
15 squat cleans at 135 pounds
If successful, add 4 minutes and complete:
13 squat cleans at 185 pounds
If successful before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes and complete:
11 squat cleans at 225 pounds
If successful before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes and complete:
9 squat cleans at 275 pounds
If successful before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes and complete:
7 squat cleans at 315 pounds
Stop at 20 minutes.