You’ll learn proper form. Have you always stuck to hand weights or avoided strength training all together? If you’ve worried about getting hurt or were never sure what exactly to do with your gym’s selection of plates and barbells, CrossFit is a great place to start. Most boxes require new athletes to complete a basics course that covers equipment usage, proper lifting form and commonly used CrossFit terminology.
Everything can be scaled and modified.Take a look at a typical class at any box and you’ll see a variety of ages, amounts of experience and levels of ability. Yet everyone’s getting a workout. That’s because scaling weight appropriately is encouraged, and nearly all CrossFit movements can be modified. For example, a new athlete may modify pull-ups by using an exercise band or opting for a lighter kettlebell than the prescribed weight. The most common mistake people make is thinking that they’re too out of shape to do CrossFit. You’re not.
Efficiency. You know how it goes: when time is an issue, you either focus on lifting or squeeze in a few biceps curls after 45 minutes on the elliptical. If you’ve only got one hour to work out, CrossFit is your best bet. Most workouts include a mix of cardio and weight training.
Creates athletes, not bodybuilders – By training your body with high power functional movements, rather than repetitive isolation exercises, your body will not only look better but WORK better.
Neurological adaptation – Practicing movements that occur in everyday life trains your neurological system to correctly execute those movements more efficiently. For instance, practicing proper squat technique in the gym wires your body to efficiently transition from sitting to standing in everyday life.
You can’t hide your weaknesses – Our workouts will keep you honest and help you to attack your weaknesses. This is something most people avoid when training on their own, which severely limits your progress and growth as an athlete. Making your weaknesses your strengths is our main goal to get you to reach your full potential, whether you’re an athlete or just trying to be as healthy/fit as possible.
Community – Joining a CrossFit gym may seem intimidating at first but you will quickly realize how supportive the community is. You will celebrate personal achievements and develop lasting relationships with your fellow classmates.
Change of pace – In CrossFit, “constantly varied” is one of the main principles. You will never get bored with the WOD (workout of the day) because it is never the same. We continue to practice and get better at a variety of functional movements, but never repeat a sequence. Gone are the days of “back and bi’s,” routine is the enemy.
Results – Unlike most other fitness programs, when you do CrossFit, you will have measurable and repeatable data to prove you are becoming fitter. Intensity equals power. Power is generated by moving a load quickly. This means you can score a workout and repeat it at a later time to measure the work produced. Not only will you see and feel improvement physically, your score will demonstrate it.
You will look damn good. The constantly varied nature of CrossFit means that every part of your body will get a workout, with specific emphasis on the glutes and thighs. Lots of squats, both with and without weight, mean a perkier butt. And an increase in muscle mass is a surefire way to boost metabolism.
It’s like personal training, but more affordable.Yes, CrossFit is much more affordable than sessions with a personal trainer, and you’ll still get many of the same benefits. CrossFit coaches make an effort to get to know every athlete so that they can help them with goal-setting. And, in every class, you can expect to receive guidance on form and technique.
Fun – CrossFit makes working out fun, again! Combine all of the benefits of CrossFit that are listed above and it’s guaranteed to be exciting. After becoming a regular, you’ll look forward to going to class everyday.