The health and fitness landscape today is crowded, which makes it hard to know where to start, who to listen to, and how best to achieve your goals. You’ve heard CrossFit and may know someone who is a CrossFiter. So, is CrossFit right for you? We’ll dive into the benefits and outcomes of using Crossfit to achieve your health and fitness goals.
CrossFit is a form of high-intensity interval training. It combines high-intensity exercise with functional and multi-joint movements. Studies show CrossFit helps athletes increase VO2 max–a measure of aerobic capacity, strength, and endurance. As a result, CrossFit stands out compared to other similar fitness programs.
CrossFit Workouts Support Functional Movements
CrossFit is a good fit if you’re looking for a total body workout. Created initially as a military strength and conditioning training, CrossFit combines cardio with multi-functional strength movements that translate into common daily movement requirements. For example, bending over to pick up something off the floor is similar to a deadlift; crouching down to pick up your kids or pet, squatting, and lifting a box to the top shelf, shoulder press.
CrossFit teaches the correct form for all these movements to prevent injury and create solid and stable bodies capable of handling anything life throws your way. Build stamina with plyometrics, strength with weightlifting, and confidence with a room full of CrossFitters cheering you on.
Group Training Offers Accountability, Motivation
When starting a new workout program, it’s common to struggle to create a new routine and keep yourself accountable. CrossFit classes bring like-minded people together to celebrate our bodies’ abilities and strengthen the human spirit.
Every athlete meets with a CrossFit coach when they start their journey and during regular check-ins. But the CrossFit community keeps athletes returning to the gym day after day and week after week. So whether you like to start your day with a pre-dawn sweat session or destress after work at the gym, there’s a group of CrossFitters waiting to get to know you and challenge you to become the healthiest, strongest version of yourself.
Beginner-Friendly Modifications to Workouts
Many who are new to CrossFit come from other gyms or athletic pursuits. But others join CrossFit as beginner athletes in all stages of life. Those new to CrossFit may need to modify a workout or a movement to fit their current fitness. CrossFit offers options for everyone, regardless of where they are on their fitness journey. You can modify any CrossFit WOD (workout of the day) to your needs, whether you’re brand new to CrossFit, returning from an injury or life setback, or switching from endurance to strength.
Modifying your workout will reduce your risk of injury and ensure you’re building strength and endurance safely. A CrossFit coach will work with you to determine the correct weights for each movement and how to modify an exercise to align with your goals. And trust us, when you’re ready to move up in weight or difficulty, your CrossFit community is ready to help you grow. Adding weight and complexity to your CrossFit workouts is a right of passage and reason for celebration. No milestone is too small to be celebrated.
In a growing trend of poor health and chronic disease, CrossFit serves as a lifeboat for anyone willing to take responsibility for their own health and fitness. If you’re ready to take your training and health to the next level, our certified CrossFit coaches are ready to help you succeed. Contact us to learn more about High Power Athletics.