Is CrossFit Right for You?
It seems like everywhere you turn there’s a CrossFit gym. Everyone’s talking about it, all your friends are joining in, and it’s getting more and more popular by the minute. But what exactly is CrossFit? And could it be right for your body and goals? Let’s take a look and find out!
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a unique workout program that combines Olympic-style weightlifting with cardio. It focuses on interval training, and it makes your everyday exercise routine fun, exciting, and competitive. And, because it requires such high levels of intensity, CrossFit can actually be quite effective in just a short amount of time. Many members only do 20-30 minutes of training just a few days a week, and they still see great results!
At CrossFit boxes you won’t find any treadmills or elliptical machines. Instead, you’ll see kettle bells, barbells, medicine balls, racks, weights and other strength training devices. These, along with ropes, boxes, pull-up bars and more, combine strength training with cardio to deliver the fastest, most noticeable results.
If you’re considering CrossFit, here are some things you should think about first:
- Time – Like I mentioned before, CrossFit packs a lot of punch. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym every day to see real, true results. You just have to come in a few days a week, and work as hard as you possibly can while you’re there. So if you’re strapped for time or you have a lot of commitments, CrossFit may be a great choice for you.
- Commitment – CrossFit’s
effectiveness rests on your shoulders. However hard you push yourself, that’s how well the program will work for you. If you’re not prepared to give 150 percent each and every time you come in, or if you’re prone to excuses, this may not be the program for you.
- Physical ability – CrossFit isn’t for the faint of heart. You’re going to be pushed to your limits and forced to do exercises you never imagined your body could do. If you have underlying health conditions, heart problems or old injuries that keep acting up, CrossFit may too much to handle. Just be sure to talk to your doctor first!
- Patience – Yes, CrossFit will deliver results pretty quickly, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to get easier anytime soon. You’ll probably be sore for a while, and the workouts will keep challenging you and pushing you out of your comfort zone. So be prepared to stay patient and keep at it while your body adjusts to all the changes.
- Diet – For the best possible results, you’ll want to be sure to eat a healthy diet, too. Most CrossFit coaches will recommend a Paleo-based diet, as it offers plenty of protein that keeps your energy up and feeds your muscles. While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about this, just remember: the worse you eat, the harder your workouts will be.
Are you considering joining a CrossFit gym? Do you already do CrossFit? Let me know what you think in the comments! And of course, check back next week for more healthy living tips.
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