The concept is simple enough. Rather than specialise in a particular activity or field, a range of specialties are covered. This “Jill of all trades” approach is precisely what makes CrossFit unique.
The key outcome of CrossFit is also simple.
To improve a person’s overall fitness and strength by undertaking exercises that improve core areas such as: endurance, strength, power, stamina, flexibility, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility.
CrossFit works best for people who want to improve their overall fitness rather than focusing on one specific area. This makes it better for people who want to do a range of activities rather than just one sport like rowing.
If you are considering CrossFit but are still on the fence, then the following information will be useful. Below we detail the good and bad parts, and help you decide if CrossFit is right for you.
CrossFit is good for motivation
One of the key benefits is that you work with quality instructors, and generally in a group environment. This can help motivate you and drive you to work hard. It also has a social aspect, which while intangible, is still very important.
It’s true that when you find the right group of people, exercise becomes a whole lot easier. CrossFit definitely ticks this box.
CrossFit gets you fit. Very fit!
While people argue that you are not specializing in a particular type of exercise, the fact that you are doing so many exercises means that you get fit very quickly.
In fact, CrossFit people are some of the fittest in the industry.
It can also help you develop muscle tone and lose unwanted weight very quickly. Muscle tone may be an issue for some women whose main goal is to lose weight.
The cost of CrossFit classes is generally lower because they are group classes. As such it offers good value for money when compared to other types of training programs. It’s a lot better priced than a one on one personal trainer.
You do need good technique though
While anyone can do CrossFit, you need to have a good technique and form for all of the exercises you will be doing.
In addition, you also need a well-qualified instructor who can teach you the right techniques from the start so you don’t form bad habits.
If you execute movements incorrectly, then you stand to cause yourself injury.
A good instructor will make sure that you can do the exercises without injuring yourself before they let you in the program.
You need to be fit and healthy
CrossFit is an intense form of exercise. It is hard work. There are Navy Seals that would struggle with some aspects of the program!
Because of its intensity, before starting you should check with a doctor to make sure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake CrossFit. Click here for more details.
There are a lot of sit ups!
Yes these are great for your health and improve your core body, posture and also muscle tone. However, be warned. There are a lot of these bad boys and they will make your stomach burn. These sit ups are all part of the process though.
So is CrossFit for you?
In short, CrossFit does work.
It can get you very fit very quickly and can help you lose unwanted weight. However, it is also an intense work out.
If you work well in groups, like specific instructions, and are willing to learn specific techniques and work at a very intense level – then CrossFit could be for you. If you prefer to workout at a more modest speed, and to your own pace, then it may not be the best option.
When considering CrossFit you need to see a doctor and get the all clear first. You also need to spend time working out the exact technique, so you don’t injure yourself.
Overall it has a lot of benefits, and you can see results very quickly, so if it matches in with your needs it is a good option.
Nevil Hunter is the Sales Manager for Orbit Fitness, a fitness equipment retailer based in Perth, Western Australia. Connect with Nevil on Google+.