Oftentimes people will ask us why we are involved with CrossFit. Ask different athletes and you will probably get a different answer each time!
In addition to personal opinions of athletes, if you do a quick Internet search, you will find a wealth of links pertaining to CrossFit. You'll find articles, personal blogs, photos, videos, even coverage from major news outlets - such as Fox Business, for example (see below).
Each of the resources mentioned above will present their own spin on the benefits of CrossFit. But if you were to ask us why we choose CrossFit, here are some of our favorite reasons!
1. First and foremost, you will become fit.
The goal of CrossFit, as worded by one athlete, is “to be functionally fit: to push every aspect of your body to the max so that you’re healthy, strong and in shape” (AskMen, “Benefits Of CrossFit - Why CrossFit Is Better Than The Workout You're Doing Right Now”). He adds, “Not [fit] just so you can lift a ton of weight or run a minute mile, but so you’re fit to do anything that life throws at you.”
The intent of CrossFit is to focus upon different aspects of fitness that, in turn, comes together as a program that “is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive" (CrossFit.com - "What is Crossfit?")
CrossFit focuses upon a varied group of physical fitness components:
- cardiorespiratory fitness
- muscular strength and endurance
- accuracy (WebMD.com – CrossFit Review)
Sounds like a varied workout that changes day to day, doesn’t it? More on that in a moment!
2. Participating in CrossFit comes with quite a few “perks.” For instance…
a.) Time. CrossFit workouts do not take a lot of time to complete. If you only have a small amount of time to devote to your workout, that’s okay. A typical WOD can be completed in 20 to 30 minutes - some athletes even say 5 to 15 minutes. Of course, you can (and probably will want to) spend more time working out. You can make an individualize schedule for your time spent exercising with your certified CrossFit trainer, if you choose to work out with a group (more on that below).
b.) Variety. CrossFit’s focus is actually placed on a lack of specialization, and this keeps things interesting. CrossFit combines quite a variety of exercises, and it is hard to imagine ever getting bored with the WOD:
- strength training
- explosive plyometrics
- speed training
- Olympic- and power-style weight lifting
- kettle bells
- body weight exercises
- endurance exercise (WebMD.com – CrossFit Review)
c.) Coaching. Each box comes with its own certified CrossFit trainer/coach (sometimes more than one!) Think of all the help your trainer could provide you during your workouts, and think of how much money you’ll save as compared to hiring a personal trainer multiple times each week.
Why Crossfit? We know that the reasons above do not even begin to scratch the surface, so check back soon for part two of our mini-series "Why Crossfit?"
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