What’s your first thought when someone mentions CrossFit? If you’re like most people, it’s probably something like, “Those people are crazy,” or “I could never do that.” Often these thoughts are based on misconceptions about CrossFit, and you might actually enjoy the intensity and camaraderie of this unique training method!
CrossFit helped me discover my passion for fitness and became a powerful form of stress relief. Now I love exposing new people to CrossFit in a safe, balanced way. So, let’s cover seven common CrossFit myths, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to try it for yourself.
Myth 1 – CrossFit is too intense for beginners.
Contrary to popular belief, CrossFit is incredibly welcoming to people with any level of fitness. In fact, you don’t even need any gym experience or knowledge of particular exercises – the coaches will teach you everything you need to know! During your introductory period, they’ll adjust the intensity for beginners so that anyone can jump in and start progressing at their own pace.
Workouts are completely scaleable to people of any age and fitness level, so you can set a pace that makes sense for you. Often when people think CrossFit is too intense, they confuse the training program with CrossFit competitions, which are designed for more advanced athletes.
Myth 2 – CrossFit is dangerous and can lead to injury.
CrossFit is a high-intensity training method, so people can and do injure themselves doing CrossFit. However, CrossFit is not inherently more dangerous than any other form of HIIT workout. Using good form and listening to your body can help you stay safe and avoid injury. A good CrossFit coach will work to keep you stay safe while pushing your limits.
Myth 3 – You need special equipment to do CrossFit.
CrossFit doesn’t require a ton of extra, specialized equipment. Many classes are done with just bodyweight movements or basic dumbbells, pull-up bars, and kettlebells. You don’t need any special tools or machines to benefit from a CrossFit workout.
WODs, or workouts of the day, are even published for free on CrossFit’s website to make the program accessible to as many people as possible.
Myth 4 – You can’t do it if you have an injury or physical limitation.
CrossFit can be adapted to accommodate any physical limitation or injury. Just like with any other workout, your coach or personal trainer can modify your exercise program so you can keep working on your fitness goals. But be sure to tell them about your injury and any special instructions from your healthcare professional.
Injuries might slow down the intensity of the workouts, but they don’t have to stop you from continuing CrossFit altogether.
Myth 5 – There are no modifications available for those who don’t want the full intensity of the workout.
CrossFit is all about pushing yourself to find your limits and becoming a fitter, healthier person. But you don’t want to push yourself to the point of illness or injury. That’s why every workout can be modified with scaling options available for those who don’t want the full intensity.
This includes using lighter weights, reducing reps, or taking more rest breaks – whatever it takes to make sure you’re still making progress! Don’t be afraid to ask your coach for help in finding the right modifications.
Myth 6 – CrossFit classes get boring after a while.
CrossFit workouts are never the same twice! Every day, there is a new set of exercises and challenges to keep things interesting and challenging. With so many possible combinations of movements, it’s impossible to get bored with CrossFit.
And let’s not forget about the amazing sense of community you experience in a CrossFit box. Having a supportive group of people around you will help keep you motivated and engaged during each workout!
Myth 7 – CrossFit will take over your life.
CrossFit is designed to fit into your existing lifestyle – not the other way around. How much you do and how often you go to class is completely up to you! You don’t have to commit to a certain number of classes or workouts each week. Whether you attend two classes per week or five, you can still get results and benefit from CrossFit.
CrossFit is a great way to get in shape and stay fit, but it doesn’t have to become your entire life. The workouts are intense and challenging, but they can also be fun and rewarding.
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Ready to give CrossFit a try? Schedule a free consultation today! We can work through WODs together, modifying them for YOUR comfort and fitness level. With the proper instruction, CrossFit can be a great form of fitness for anyone looking to challenge their body.
I know that trying something new can be intimidating, whether it’s in your fitness routine or your personal life, but I encourage you to take the leap and get out of your comfort zone. What’s the worst that can happen? If you still have questions or concerns about CrossFit, shoot me an email, and I’ll get back to you shortly.