Consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and weight lifting, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program which has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Thinking of trying out CrossFit for the first time? Here’s why you should give it a shot.
1. It makes you a more well-rounded athlete
Unlike other fitness regimes, CrossFit combines aspects of multiple types of sporting activities into a program which combines elements of weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing and other aerobic sports. CrossFit prioritizes mobility, flexibility, range of motion and functionality which results in a wide-range of anatomical motion. This leads to improved mobility and stability of your joints, as well as stronger muscles and enhanced motor skills.
2. It’s intense!
Unlike working out on your own at your home gym or running with a casual running group, CrossFit forces its athletes to push themselves to their limits. This type of high-intensity exercise is what ultimately leads to increased results.
3. It gives you measurable results
Unlike other sports, CrossFit constantly gives you measurable results providing frequent feedback on your performance and overall fitness level. This data provides you with a score so that you can analyze your progress over a long period of time.
4. It’s a competition
Every CrossFit workout is designed to be a friendly competition meant to motivate athletes to constantly improve their personal bests—and beat their friends. This competitive atmosphere not only drives CrossFit athletes to push themselves harder, but also makes working out much more fun.
5. It creates community
CrossFit is more than just a gym, it’s a community. CrossFit athletes bond quickly as a result of their shared love of fitness and healthy living. The competitive atmosphere also creates an instant camaraderie which soon turns strangers into good friends.
6. It’s easily accessible
There are currently over 10,000 CrossFit gyms across North America. This is up from only 13 in 2005. This has made CrossFit one of the most popular fitness programs in the world. This also leaves you with very little excuse not to try it out.
7. Small Client to Coach Ratios
CrossFit offers an intimate work out setting which ensures that there is always a coach keeping an eye on your technique and performance. With small class sizes, your coach will always be there for support and to push you to reach your fitness goals.
8. You’ll gain more confidence
CrossFit helps you realize your own personal strengths and limitations. This knowledge and awareness of your own abilities will lead to more self-confidence, as well as a more optimistic attitude.
9. It’ll change your lifestyle
Beyond improving your fitness levels, getting involved with CrossFit will cause you to live a healthier lifestyle. Before you know it, you’ll be eliminating junk food from your diet and turning down invites to hang out at the pub in favor of going to the gym.
10. You have nothing to lose!
Just showing up is often half the battle. CrossFit is no exception. Even if you’re still on the fence about it, the only way you’ll ever know for sure is if you actually try it yourself. Many gyms offer trial classes and/or memberships, so you can find out if it’s right for you without much commitment.
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