1-CrossFit is dangerous
One of the biggest misconceptions about CrossFit is that you are likely to get injured. Every CrossFit affiliate operates independently from one another. The majority of CrossFit coaches and affiliates run really great businesses, and they work hard to ensure that their athletes can safely get a good workout in each of their classes. Injury rates within CrossFit are comparable or less to sports such as gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting and other fitness programs.
2-You do NOT need to have an athletic background in order to do CrossFit!
Every affiliate has members that come from all walks of life, and that includes those people who had hobbies growing up other than sports. But what bring together all CrossFitters is a shared passion for fitness and health—no prerequisites required. You do NOT need a certain level of fitness to do CrossFit! Every workout is scaled can be scaled up or down. If you can’t do strict pull ups, then use a band to help you. If you need to make your weights lighter, that why we have so many weight options available for you to pick from! Old, Young, Overweight, underweight etc! All are welcome!
3-All CrossFit gyms are the same
Each CrossFit affiliate is independently owned and operated. The owners of an affiliate are free to program, market and operate as they see fit. This gives owners and coaches a lot of freedom, but also means that no two CrossFit gyms are the same. Depending on the coaching, equipment, space, programming, membership fees and general ‘vibe’ of the classes, you can experience the whole spectrum of CrossFit gyms in this ever-growing affiliate community. It’s up to you to find the one that best matches your goals and lifestyle.
4- You want to do CrossFit, but don’t want to get big and bulky.
Muscle boosts a person’s metabolism, so a kilo of muscle will burn more calories at rest than a kilo of fat. What does this mean? Even when you’re not exercising — you could be sitting on the couch watching TV — you will be burning more calories just by having more muscle.
Muscle has other benefits, too. It’s critical in improving bone density and helps prevent the loss of muscle mass that occurs with aging, allowing people to stay active as they get older. When you look at 1 kilo of muscle and 1 kilo of fat (providing they are sitting next to each other side by side) you will quickly see how small the 1 kilo of muscle is compared to the 1 kilo of fat! Muscle is NOT the enemy here.
In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a conscious effort to do.
- One –Pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. CrossFit is not a power-lifting program. Our programming is based on broad, general-purpose fitness. To quote a statement by CrossFit founder, Greg Glassman, “we specialize in not specializing.” One of our focuses is on your strength, we do integrate heavy loading into our workouts, but we do this within a balanced fitness program.
- Two –Eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most women (or men) to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount.
5- I have heard CrossFit is really hard, is this true?
CrossFit is as hard as you make it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances, but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them. Just think: “become comfortable with the uncomfortable.
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