I know a lot of you have heard about CrossFit and want to know if CrossFit is for you.
I have some good new! My friend Jake Wagner, LATC, ATC, CSCS, CF-L1 was kind enough to share some key info for you! He is the co-owner of CrossFit Hog Town in Lexington, NC.
CrossFit Hog Town is a small gym called a “box.”
They have about 100 members, between 15-70 years old. About 60% of their members are women with day jobs and families. Their members want to feel good, workout hard, lose body fat, improve blood work, and improve their strength and endurance.
Take a few minutes to read what Jake has to say and decide if you think CrossFit is for you.
Most people have heard of CrossFit by now.
CrossFit is currently the fastest growing strength and conditioning program in the world. Any type person you can think of – from stay at home moms and nurses, to lawyers and teens – are taking CrossFit classes somewhere.
Do you want to know if CrossFit is for you?
CrossFit is not a traditional, specialized training program like bodybuilding or aerobic training.
It is a program that deliberately focuses on creating a well-rounded, individual that can be extremely capable in
10 specific fitness domains:
- CARDIOVASCULAR/RESPIRATORY ENDURANCE
To improve these domains, CrossFit suggests you work out 3-5 days per week. The workouts are highly intense and may be short, moderate, or long in duration taking anywhere from 5 – 45 minutes to complete.
The primary CrossFit exercises involve the whole body. They include strength and speed training and explosive plyometrics. Furthermore, CrossFit programs may involve Olympic and power-style weight lifting, kettle bells, medicine balls, and body weight exercises.
Endurance exercises like running, rowing, swimming, or biking may be included as well.
In addition to workout instructions, CrossFit recommends a daily eating plan of approximately 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat of your total daily caloric intake
You may be asking yourself, “Is CrossFit for me?”
Here are a few things you should consider when looking for the answer:
1. Are you a beginner to the fitness lifestyle?
I’ve heard people say, “I need to get into shape before I do CrossFit.”
Don’t wait to get in shape to start CrossFit. That’s what the program is designed to do!
However, stay away from CrossFit boxes that do not offer a beginner entry program, or Personal Training. CrossFit is high intensity. Many people need to be acclimated to the environment and volume of CrossFit workouts.
Fortunately, most boxes offer beginner programs now. Schedule a consultation with a box owner, managers, or coaches to go over the appropriate pathway for you.
2. Not a beginner, but looking for something more?
If you’re someone who has been working out consistently for a while, you too can benefit from CrossFit.
Ever gotten trapped in the same old routine week after week? That’s never a problem at your local box. The workouts are different and challenging every day which keeps it entertaining.
It’s a great primary fitness regimen, or it can make a great accessory to your current fitness program.
Think about some runners I’ve seen. They’ve added CrossFit 2-3 times per week and also decreased their miles run per week. You know what happened? They still set PR’s on their 5k and 10k times!
It’s not magic. It’s just smart. Not to mention, those runners are less prone to injury as well because of strengthening muscle and connective tissue.
3. What are your goals, and what is the right gym for you?
For the majority of people looking to improve their bodies in a balanced way, CrossFit is a great stand-alone program.
However, if you’re a bodybuilder, you may want special equipment or classes. The same goes for people looking for boot camp classes, or spin classes.
Most boxes focus on CrossFit alone. However, there are some evolving to offer classes and equipment for other fitness regimens.
Shop around and make sure to visit and chat with someone. You may even find one that offers a free class for first timers.
4. Does CrossFit really cause more injuries?
Some say the combination of heavy weights and fast reps lead to increased injury.
A study of 132 athletes, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that CrossFit has an injury rate of 3.1 per 1,000 hours, which is comparable to that of sports such as gymnastics, power lifting, and Olympic weightlifting.
But less than that of contact sports such as hockey and rugby.
Our facility programs every workout for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level athletes. There is a coach available to help just like a personal trainer.
Like most other exercise routines, CrossFit has advantages and concerns.
The workouts are fast-paced, challenging, and constantly varied.
If you are healthy and willing to work, then give it a try. You will probably enjoy it.
If you are out of shape or just beginning an exercise program, make sure you talk with a CrossFit coach to receive the appropriate personalized attention.