CrossFit is a relatively new form of fitness started by Greg Glassman in 2000. In India, CrossFit still stirs up different opinions and perceptions. Some associate it with professional training only for athletes, others consider it an extreme and dangerous workout, some look at it as a fad, while many others have made CrossFit into more than just a workout, they have made it a lifestyle and have reaped tremendous benefits. If you have questions about CrossFit and whether it is for you, this article will help bust a few myths and clear some of your doubts about this form of workout.
SO, WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
It’s a fitness system that helps you develop multiple skills and strengths at varying levels of intensity over time and doesn’t focus on just one skill or fitness attribute. Another special aspect of CrossFit is that it is a highly tight-knit community-based activity, with a lot of support available. CrossFit’s vision is to enable people to be better and healthier and to ensure that people always strive to be the best version of themselves.
IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
CrossFit doesn’t focus or target any one form of training but its focus is to be the jack of all trades and master of all. This approach helps you grow holistically. Instead of a maze of exercise machines and dumbbell racks, a CrossFit box has a smaller array of equipment like barbells, bumper plates, lifting platforms, climbing ropes, rings, medicine balls, kettlebells and pull-up bars. These help you functionally train every part of your body. CrossFit gyms are often more expensive than commercial gyms because commercial gyms sell hundreds of memberships and hope a third of their members will show up. CrossFit boxes sign up fewer people with the hope that everyone will show up because it’s not just about getting your workout for the day in but it’s about making fitness your lifestyle, something that naturally becomes a part of your day.
WILL I GET INJURED?
As mentioned before, CrossFit is not just for the people who are into heavy weight training but for ordinary people as well. The beauty about CrossFit workouts is that whether you are a seasoned CrossFitter or just starting out, the workouts are the same, but the intensity is different, plus there are substitute workouts for beginners as well. The point is that you will not lose out on the holistic experience of getting fitter even if you are just starting out. Yes, as with all forms of activity, there is a possibility that you could injure yourself, but if you follow direction, get your form and technique right, then there is no reason to worry.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS?
You can surely expect to be challenged to achieve. As you keep achieving, you will automatically be inspired to push yourself harder to get fitter. You should be prepared to experience new kinds of workouts and challenges. You must know that every exercise and workout is strategic to help you improve. Certified trainers will guide you through every step of the way.
WILL I GET PERSONAL ATTENTION?
One of the features of CrossFit that each individual’s needs and learning curves are considered by trainers. So, you shouldn’t be worried about feeling lost or not knowing what to do. Trainers will take the time to get to know you and start from the beginning if required so as to journey with you and help you make fitness your lifestyle.
WILL I ACHIEVE MY FITNESS GOALS?
This depends on what your goals are. If you desire to be fitter, healthier and more mobile, then CrossFit can most definitely help you. However, if you are looking to specialize in one only area of training, then the CrossFit program won’t particularly suit your needs.
In conclusion, we say it’s worth a try. Every day is different, so CrossFit workouts are never boring. Since CrossFit has such a strong aspect of community, you will have people who are concerned about you if you don’t show up or if something goes wrong. When you make CrossFit a discipline and a lifestyle, it will automatically improve other aspects of life as well.