Is CrossFit for you?
CrossFit is becoming viral across the whole world right now.
It seems like CrossFit gyms are popping up everywhere you look and suddenly people are throwing weights around in the gym like never before.
Yet do many of us actually know what CrossFit is?
It looks pretty intense and scary, so would it really be for us?
Well, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about it so you can keep your options open, or realise that it’s really not going to do you much good.
What is CrossFit?
First off, what is CrossFit?
It is described as a “Constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity”.
Doesn’t help much though in helping you understand what it is.
Pretty much, it’s a load of functional exercises, done quickly to help you:
Build functional strength
Burn fat and improve your health
Functional exercises are ones which mimic everyday life.
Whether this is carrying the shopping, lifting a box off a high shelf or squatting to pick up a child.
Does it get results?
Personally, I haven’t really tried CrossFit.
However, the way it has spread shows that it must be doing some good.
People can get great results from it.
Because it’s exercise.
If you go and do high-intensity exercise 3 days a week, you are bound to get great results (if you have a good diet).
It also seems to work because they build a great culture around it.
CrossFitters have their own language, their ‘boxes’ and try to build a real team inside the gyms and classes.
Once you are part of that team, it helps support and motivates you to keep coming back.
That way, you consistently do the exercise and get great results.
Who does CrossFit work for?
CrossFit advertises themselves as being for everyone.
Since they use a lot of functional movements, it is great for any age since the exercises help you with mobility and everyday activities.
They scale their classes based on your ability level, so everyone is doing the exact same exercises just at a different intensity/weight.
However, it isn’t for everyone!
It’s quite intense
If you aren’t a fan of blasting your whole body for an hour, then maybe CrossFit isn’t for you.
It is high intensity.
That means you have to push yourself…
...and that isn’t for everyone.
That’s why I offer my exercise classes which are a little more relaxed and people can work at their own pace.
There is a risk of injury
Yeah, it’s true that you could injure yourself at any kind of gym or exercise class.
But CrossFit seems especially susceptible to causing problems.
I have had friends that have been injured at CrossFit with torn muscles and sore joints.
And it is going to happen.
When you are working with big weights and trying to do lots of reps quickly, your technique can suffer.
Once your technique goes, that is when injury you’re going to get an injury.
Sometimes it really pays to get the technique right before making it super intense.
That is where a lot of beginners will fall off the wagon.
If you start something new, it hurts you and you end up unable to go again for a month, it doesn’t seem like it’s the right thing for you to be doing.
As I said though, don’t let this put you off, as you could injure yourself doing any exercise and CrossFit isn’t necessarily any riskier than other forms of exercise.
What to do instead
Do something you enjoy
If CrossFit isn’t for you, find something that is.
There are so many different classes, workouts and exercises you can do to try help you lose weight, there is one for everyone.
The best way to lose weight and keep it off is by finding a type of exercise you can commit to and really enjoy.
If you want to keep going back that’s perfect because you’ll be more consistent and that way you will get results.
It needs to be suitable for you
Everything needs to work for you and help you reach your goals.
CrossFit is very sports based fitness.
Yes, it helps in everyday movements, but how often are you throwing a big heavy bar above your head, or pulling yourself up on a steel climbing frame?
If you are just looking to lose some baby weight, is the best course of action to do intense sessions with heavy weights every week?
For you, it might be.
But I can imagine a lot of people who have never done much exercise, CrossFit would be too much too soon and lead to them not wanting to do exercise.