CrossFit is a Great Workout
The main reason CrossFit is a great workout is because it provides you with an total body workout that will get you in the best shape of your life. It is designed to make you not specialize in anything, but to be good in everything. If you want to be the world’s fastest marathon runner or the world’s strongest man then CrossFit isn’t for you. But if you want to be a very fast runner, a very strong person and have many other useful physical skills then CrossFit is right for you. The use of anaerobic workouts improves your anaerobic fitness and aerobic fitness. If you only do aerobic workouts like long, slow runs then you are only improving your aerobic fitness in addition to losing muscle. Anaerobic workouts are the best way to lose fat as well because you will keep burning fat long after you are done working out. Depending on the workout you can burn fat for an additional 18 hours versus aerobic workouts which stop burning fat immediately after your workout. The results speak for themselves, talk to anyone who has been doing CrossFit for a while and they will attest to the effectiveness of these types of workouts. I am not going to tell you a bunch of scientific facts, although they are out there, I am talking about real people who are getting great results.
CrossFit is for Everyone
I’m too old to do CrossFit right? I’m not in good shape so I can’t do CrossFit right? WRONG!!! CrossFit is for everybody because every workout can be tailored to the individual. If you aren’t in great shape the workouts can be made easier for you by lowering the number of reps, the amount of weight, the duration of the workout or the length of runs, among many more. If you have an injury, exercises can be substituted to accommodate your injury while keeping your progress moving forward and rehabilitating your injury. If you can’t do a pull-up then you can use bands or you can jump from a tall box to help with the exercise. If you can’t do a pushup then you can do them from your knees or do them leaning against a wall. These are just 2 examples of ways to scale workouts, but there are endless other options. On the flip side, if you are already in great shape then the workouts can be made harder by increasing the weight, number of reps or even by having you wear a weight vest while doing the workout.
CrossFit is Fun
As you know from reading my blog post “Working Out in a Group”, I am a big fan of group workouts. There are so many reasons why CrossFit is fun. There is loud music playing to keep you excited during the workout. There are trainers present who are motivating you to push yourself harder than you thought you could. You become friends with the other members who attend the same classes you do so you cheer each other on during the workouts. Most CrossFit gyms do a lot of other activities outside of the normal workouts at the gym. Some examples are Paleo Pot Lucks, team workouts, charity events, community volunteering and much more. You are truly part of a tight community when you are a member of a CrossFit gym and it is a great feeling. Because CrossFit is constantly varied you never get bored from doing the same workout every time you go to the gym. Also, since the workouts are high intensity you don’t get bored from doing a slow, long workout. You are in and out in an hour or less. Lastly, as long as the weather is nice, you typically will do your workout outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. This is much better than being stuck inside an air conditioned building while it’s a great day outside.
CrossFit HQ states that it is the principal strength and conditioning program for many law enforcement agencies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, housewives, retirees, young professionals and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We use our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and Army Infantrymen who are already in great shape. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs. Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways. We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility. We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport’s unique ability to develop an athletes’ explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.