Misconceptions About CrossFit
Misconception 1: CrossFit Is A “Fitness” Fad That Will Disappear Soon
Crossfit is not a fad. It’s a movement that will continue to grow and evolve into something bigger than it ever was before. There are many reasons why people choose to join crossfit gym, but most of them have nothing to do with the fact that they’re joining a fitness club or even a gym at all.
The main reason why people join crossfit gyms is because they want to get fit. They don’t care if it’s CrossFit or not. People just like getting fit and they’ve found the right place to do so. So far, there hasn’t been any evidence that shows that people who go to these places are less healthy than those who aren’t going to them.
It seems that people who join crossfit gyms are healthier than those who don’t. Some studies show that people who go to crossfit gyms tend to exercise more regularly, have better diets and generally live longer. There’s no proof that the gym memberships lead to lower life expectancy, but there is evidence that suggests they might be good for your health!
There are some other benefits too. Crossfit is very effective in helping people lose weight. It’s a combination of proper training and a healthy diet that leads to weight loss. If you’re struggling to shed some pounds, then this is certainly the way to go.
For some people, it’s about testing their limits. They want to see if they have what it takes to challenge themselves in every workout they do. It’s not just about physical health; it’s also about mental fitness. There are no set days off, you don’t have times when you can relax. Every day is a new day, and every day can be the best day of your life.
It’s up to you to make it happen.
That’s why crossfit is not going anywhere soon. It’s growing at an exponential rate. There are over ten thousand crossfit gyms in the US alone, with around one hundred thousand people working out in them on a daily basis. This figure is rising rapidly. Soon, there will be a crossfit gym on every street corner.
Misconception 2: It’s Not Effective
There’s no proof that going to a crossfit gym for a couple of months and then never going again leads to lower life expectancy. The ones that quit go on to do other things in their lives.
However, if you want to get into shape or you’re already in good shape, there are probably very few things that will be as effective as crossfit. It’s more than just working out; it’s a way of life. You don’t even need to join a crossfit gym. You can do all of the exercises at home if you prefer.
The misconceptions that surround crossfit seem to be mainly among people who don’t actually participate in the sport. It’s as if they’re afraid of it because they don’t know what it is.
The reality is that there are very few dangers to crossfit. Most of the time, it’s actually safer than going for a nice walk in the park. The act of running itself can be more dangerous than doing crossfit. If you’re just starting out, you’ll probably need a spotter every once in a while. It’s also a good idea to lift the weights slowly at first while you get a feel for them.
But after a month or so, you’ll probably be able to work out without a spotter and lift the weights as fast or as slow as you like. The only major danger in crossfit is falling and hurting yourself badly. Be careful when doing things like climbing ropes or flipping tractor tires!
In the scheme of things, crossfit is a very safe sport. It’s more about testing yourself than actually trying to hurt yourself. However, it’s not a good idea to try crossfit if you have a medical condition. If you’re in any sort of doubt, consult your physician before trying crossfit.
The safety and effectiveness of crossfit has been tested many times by various universities. It keeps people from getting boring exercise routines.
Misconception 3: You Need Special Equipment
One of the major misconceptions about crossfit is that you need a whole bunch of specialized gear to get started. All you really need is a good pair of running shoes! Most crossfit gyms have plenty of bars to do pull-ups on and weights that you can use. That’s about it. You don’t even need to buy your own set of weights.
Most crossfit gyms are bare-bones operations with a few pieces of equipment here and there. You may be able to find a used treadmill or stationary bike, but anything else is considered unnecessary clutter.
You certainly don’t need a stretching mat or anything like that; you’re going to be doing a lot more than just stretching!
Perhaps the only thing you may need to buy is a good hydration backpack. It’s very important that you stay hydrated, especially on a hot day. A small first-aid kit can’t hurt either.
Crossfit is not some overpriced health club that tries to sell you everything but the kitchen sink. A monthly membership to a crossfit gym should be more than affordable for most people.
You may want to buy a water filter to take with you when you go on hikes or trips. Bottled water can be expensive and adding unnecessary weight to your pack just slows you down. A good filter with last for many years and doesn’t weigh anything.
Some athletes prefer to use a hydration system with their own water bottles. That’s fine, but you do have to keep filling them up. A filter is a better solution if convenience is more important than weight.
Misconception 4: Crossfit Is Only For Military or Athletic Types
One of the strangest misconceptions about crossfit is that it’s only for people in the military or professional sports. It’s true that the program was originally designed with these people in mind, but it has since been expanded to include everyone.
This is actually a good thing for people who aren’t in such elite physical condition.
The beauty of crossfit is that you can start out at your own level and slowly work your way up.
For example, I’m not a naturally athletic person. I wasn’t on any sports teams in high school and I was always the last one chosen during pick-up games.It turns out that didn’t matter when I joined crossfit. We had people of all shapes and sizes at my gym and we were all working at our own level.
Most gyms have an introductory course to teach you the proper form for each movement. This is essential because performing these exercises improperly can lead to injury.
One of the first things you learn is how to do a proper push-up. I couldn’t even do one when I first started! It may seem silly, but it’s true.
Regardless of your past athletic experience, everyone starts at the beginning. You may be able to run a marathon or deadlift three times your body weight once you reach your goal, but that first step is always the toughest.
Crossfit Is Not For You If…
Crossfit isn’t right for everyone though. Despite what you may have heard, not everyone is a crossfit athlete trapped in a body of a hardcore gamer. If any of the following statements are true about you, crossfit may not be the best idea.
You constantly get sick from working out. Some people’s bodies just handle physical trauma differently than others.
You get very sore from just walking or holding a small bag of groceries.
You have a history of joint pains or back problems.
You’re under the impression that real men don’t do crossfit. Then again, you’re also under the impression that real men don’t play video games.
I’ve never done crossfit nor plan on it any time soon. These are just general guidelines, but maybe they’ll help you make a more informed decision.
If you’re one of those people who wants immediate results, crossfit isn’t for you. The program is designed to increase your fitness level gradually over time. If you’re looking for a quick fix so you can fit into that spandex costume as soon as possible, it’s not going to happen.
You’re going to have to pay your dues just like everyone else. Everyone has a different starting point and yours just happens to be farther back than some others.
But, if you can look past all the misconceptions, crossfit sounds like a pretty sweet idea. If anything, it will definitely change your perception of video games. No longer are they the pasttime of sedentary man-children, but rather a tool to achieve a greater goal.
It’s also a pretty efficient way to get fit without having to spend an obscene amount of money on a personal trainer. And isn’t that what being a broke gamer is all about?
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