Why are people like you scared to try CrossFit? It’s these unfounded assumptions and common CrossFit myths that hinder your path to health and fitness.
CrossFit is yet another fad
CrossFit is not just a status symbol or a fad. It doesn’t just operate on making your body beach-worthy. While the ideal CrossFit body can turn heads, CrossFit is more than weight loss. CrossFit founder Greg Glassman says that CrossFit is an attempt to achieve competence in 10 recognized fitness domains, namely: accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, power, respiratory endurance, speed, stamina, and strength.
Workouts are varied and different each day, so you can try something new each time you’re in a “box” or an affiliated CrossFit gym. You can expect a changing WOD (workout of the day) that mixes powerlifting, gymnastics, rowing and Olympic weightlifting. Unlike conventional workouts that focus on isolated muscle repitations, CrossFit mimicks natural movements and engages multiple muscles and joints. Good diet is the foundation, but you also need cardiovascular conditioning and proper muscle control.
You have to be fit to CrossFit
This is utter nonsense. The reason you CrossFit is to get in better shape, not because you’re already where you want to be. CrossFit is a varied workout designed to be one hundred percent scalable. You may get the wrong impression from watching all those videos of CrossFit athletes. What you may not realize is that these athletes didn’t just walk into some random gym and fantastically become Supermen. They had to start somewhere, just like you. The majority of those who try CrossFit are common everyday people. Various workouts are designed for the whole class to do, but these can be modified based on your needs. So, yes, anyone from competitive athletes to Gran and Gramps can WOD.
The competition is too intimidating
Since CrossFit is a highly scalable workout, your best competition is yourself. Everyone who is dedicated to CrossFit is a Firebreather, which CrossFit legend Greg Amundsen defines as: 1. One who faces the triumphs and tribulations of great physical opposition with an indomitable spirit. 2. An optimistic energy associated with the heart of an athlete.
CrossFit competitions held around the world do not aim to form an “elite” group. Rather, these are opportunities for you to have fun, make friends, and push yourself. In CrossFit, it’s your individual progress, attitude, and character that matter most.
Don’t let those fears hinder you from being strong and fit. Decide to get out of your comfort zone and try CrossFit.