Fitness & Philanthropy: How the CrossFit Community Gives Back
Fitness and Philanthropy: How the CrossFit Community Gives Back
by Ryan Hallman
CrossFit is a movement with a mission statement.
What’s not to like?
The world needs more fit people doing good things! And there are plenty of ways to do just that without ever leaving your couch.
But what if I told you that some of those “good” activities might actually be harmful to your health? That the only way to truly get in shape is through extreme exercise, which may or may not be beneficial to your overall well being?
Well, maybe it’s time for you to rethink your lifestyle.
I’m talking about the whole idea of “fitness.”
You see, fitness isn’t just something you do to look better naked; it’s a state of mind. If you’re going to achieve true fitness, then you need to start thinking about your life outside the gym. You need to stop living in fear of getting fat and start enjoying life again.
The first step is realizing that the word “fitness” itself doesn’t really mean anything at all anymore. Everything that used to be “unhealthy” is now considered “healthy” thanks to some brilliant marketers and people with too much time on their hands.
Nike has been pushing the term “Health & Fitness” for quite some time now. I’m sure most of you have at least heard of this campaign.
All you need is “Just Do It,” right?
Well, maybe you do, but that doesn’t mean it’s true.
The manufacturers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Nestle are in the business of selling sugar water, not giving people healthy beverages. That’s why companies pay big money for you to see those colorful advertisements while you’re watching your favorite sports team or music artist.
The same can be said about McDonald’s and Burger King.
Sure, they give you the option of getting a “fitness salad” instead of a Big Mac, but is that what you really want?
Didn’t think so.
But what about protein powder and bars? Surely those are healthy, right?
Not necessarily. They may help your muscles grow, but they won’t necessarily make you smarter, happier or more sexually attractive. However, these things can still be beneficial to your physique if taken in moderation.
The next step to achieving true “fitness” is setting realistic goals. This should be common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this.
It doesn’t matter what your reason is for working out; whether it’s to look better, run faster or jump higher, you need to know that these things take time and dedication. Losing weight or gaining muscle isn’t something that happens overnight. It’s a slow and steady process.
Crossfit is a perfect example of this. Over the past few years, this training method has become increasingly popular with athletes and non-athletes alike. Some people love it because it gets them in fantastic shape without making them feel like they’re “working out.” Others don’t like it because it’s too intense for their taste.
And that’s OK.
The problem arises when people get upset because it’s not working for them. They see their peers getting better results, which makes them freak out and suddenly quit. This is a stupid move for several reasons:
1. Crossfit doesn’t work for everyone.
Some people thrive off of the intense HIIT training and will get the results they want. Others may not have an athletic bone in their body and will continue to be mediocre at best. You can’t win ’em all.
2. You’re probably not doing it right.
I know, I know. You’re following the program to the T! Well, if that’s the case then you have a boring life and need to get out more.
Seriously though, there is such a thing as proper form when it comes to lifting weights. I can’t tell you the number of people who make their lifts harder by using improper form. As a result, they end up getting mediocre results or worse, get hurt.
3. There’s no such thing as a quick fix.
You’re not going to wake up one day and be in shape because you tried a new type of training or a specific supplement. It just doesn’t work like that. The only thing that’s going to make you healthier is changing your lifestyle and that takes time.
But what if you’ve tried everything and nothing is working?
Well then, it’s time to re-evaluate your goals and change how you’re approaching the situation.
When it comes to “fitness,” there are several different ways you can go about it. The most common is the gym and working out with a group or personal trainer. Another way to work on your fitness is through playing a sport.
For example, if you were looking to improve your cardio, you could play basketball or soccer. These types of activities are great because not only are you improving your physical condition, but they also help keep your mind sharp as well.
But there are other ways to get fit as well such as hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and even dancing. These types of exercises are just as good as the more traditional methods; it really just depends on the person and what they enjoy. The best thing you can do is experiment and see what works for you.
In the meantime, don’t let other people’s opinions cloud your judgment or cause you to give up on your fitness goals. As long as you’re doing something, then there’s always room for improvement.
“Chase the dream, not the dreamer.”
― J.K. Rowling
Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂
Sources & references used in this article:
- Health/Fitness Instructor’s Handbook. (ET Howley, BD Franks – 1986 – ERIC)
- Senior fitness test manual (RE Rikli, CJ Jones – 2013 – books.google.com)
- Correlation between fitness and genetic diversity (DH Reed, R Frankham – Conservation biology, 2003 – Wiley Online Library)
- Appraising vocational fitness. (DE Super, JO Crites – 1962 – psycnet.apa.org)
- Ageing, fitness and neurocognitive function (AF Kramer, S Hahn, NJ Cohen, MT Banich, E McAuley… – Nature, 1999 – nature.com)