Whenever something new becomes popular there are always going to be critics trying to find something wrong with it. Even though CrossFit’s popularity might seem to be growing exponentially; there is also a growing backlash of those who are creating inaccurate stigmas about the sport of fitness. As a CrossFit trainer and enthusiast I feel it necessary to clear up some of the most common misconceptions.
6. CrossFit is only a fad
There are some out there who believe CrossFit is just another fad that will slowly grow out of style once people move on to something new. That may be true if Crossfit was simply a workout regime. I won’t go as far as to say that CrossFit is a revolution in fitness (although it might be), but it is safe to say that it has evolved into its own sport. You don’t see ESPN broadcasting the p90x games, the Jazzercise finals, or the Pole Dancing Playoffs (although that would be awesome). That’s because those are fad workout routines. CrossFit is physical activity that can be easily measure, is governed by rules, and where a winner can easily be chosen (which is the definition of a sport).
I wouldn’t be surprised if high school and colleges start creating traveling teams to compete with other schools. Small competitions have already started popping up at local gyms giving amateur athletes a chance to compete. So, even if you’re not a professional athlete you are still able to compete at some level.
5. You have to be in great shape to even do CrossFit
This is probably the silliest and most common misconception I hear from critics of CrossFit. I’ve heard warnings that people should be in a certain amount of shape before even participating in a CrossFit workout. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Every exercise can be adapted to your personal abilities, even if you have never worked out in your life. Should beginners be encouraged to do workouts Rx? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean beginners should avoid the sport altogether. When I first started CrossFit I could barely do a pull-up. Now it’s one of my strengths. Did I avoid CrossFit until I was good at pull-ups. No, I swallowed my pride, and did them with the band until I was strong enough to do them unassisted. Sometimes I feel our egos get in the way. We get frustrated when we aren’t good at something which leads many of us to quit. But would a sport be worth playing if we didn’t have to work hard to become good at it?
CrossFit can be intimating to beginners because many times their first impression of the sport is watching the CrossFit Games on ESPN. It’s important to understand, however, that the CrossFit Games consist of the best athletes in the world. So, if you’re a beginner and you are comparing yourself to a Games athlete it would be like comparing yourself to a professional football player. Of course those workouts look daunting; they were designed for the fittest men and women in the world.
It would be ridiculous to say you weren’t going to play a basketball with your friends until you were able to dunk like Lebron James, but that's the perception that has been created.
4. Crossfit is too dangerous
This misconception kind of stems from the previous one. There seems to be a growing stigma generated by critics of Crossfit that the program is too dangerous for the average person. What’s even more surprising is they use frequent injury as proof of that. (because people can’t injury themselves at their local Globo-gym). Sure you'll hurt youself if you try to go too big too fast, but isn't that the case with anything?
Why would lifting weight under the supervison of a trainer be more dangerous then lifting by yourself at your house? Especially, when Youtube has proven that most people have no idea how to lift weights.
“he’s either going to lift that weight, or become a paraplegic”
It can be argued that the two most common types of injuries in the Crossfit program generate from improper form, and over-training. Hopefully, your CrossFit trainer emphasizes the importance of proper form and scaling down weight especially on all the Olympic lifts found in the CrossFit program. Unfortunately, with the number of CrossFit gyms popping up there are sure to be some gyms with some bad trainers. Thankfully, there are plenty of boxes with highly trained and experienced trainers.
Over-training happens when an athlete gets so excited about the CrossFit program that they don’t give their body a chance to adapt to the new strain they’re putting on their body. That almost always leads to some sort of stress injury. It’s important to add regular rest days into your workout routine where you can give your muscles a chance to recuperate.
Really, you can hurt yourself doing any physical activity. People get stress fractures from running marathons, sprain their ankles from playing basketball, and dislocated their hip from intense games of Wii Tennis. Sports are inherently dangerous. You can avoid injury all together, develop diabetes, and die at the age of 50, or risk injury and be in the best shape of your life. It’s your choice.
3. CrossFit is too expensive
At first glance a CrossFit membership might look unaffordable, especially if you live in Los Angles, or New York City where memberships can be in the $200 a month range. Most mom-and-pop CrossFit gym memberships, however, range from $100-150 a month. Still expensive right? Well, not necessarily when you make a list of everything you get with that membership.
Most memberships include:
-certified personal trainers with knowledge of proper lifting techniques
- a highly structured work out regime
- competition with other athletes
- access to expensive equipment
- a social club with like-minded individuals
Some CrossFit Gyms even have addition classes like yoga, barbell club, martial arts, running groups, and other added benefits. So, on closer examination a CrossFit membership doesn’t look that expensive.
You might be saying, “that’s all great, but I still can’t afford that.” I understand that there are probably those who actually can’t afford $100 a month. Let me ask you a question though, how much did you spend at the bar last month?, or on fast food and restaurants?, or on unhealthy habits like cigarettes? People spend money on what’s important to them.. The question is; what is more important to you, your physical wellbeing, or the latest Call of Duty Special edition video game?
2. Eating Paleo is impossible
The concept behind the Paleo diet is simple. Our bodies weren’t designed to handle the chemically processed, sugar enriched, high carb foods that most Americans eat on a daily basis.
The problem most people have sticking with the Paleo diet is they are so accustomed to terrible eating habits that when they try to switch to Paleo cold turkey they find themselves failing.
The trick is to use Paleo as a guideline, and adapt the diet to you. Eating two slices of bread with a sandwich isn’t the end of the world as long as you are staying constantly away from the “Paleo cardinal sins” like fast food, pastas, and sugary drinks. So, if all you are able to do during the first month during eating cleaner is cut out the daily boxes of chocolate M&Ms that is good start!
1. CrossFit makes women too bulky
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there seems to be two types of woman that the fashion world and media defines as attractive. The first type of attractive woman is the anorexic super model with no muscle tone, shape, or personality. Apparently depriving yourself of food is seen as beautiful. The other type of attractive woman is the complete opposite. The robustly curved woman who is overfed, nonathletic, and unnaturally shaped. This woman is seen as beautiful because she developed big breast, wide hips, and an overstressed weight scale.
True beauty is found when a woman no longer cares about how the fashioned world perceives them and cares more about her own personal health. Trust me ladies, a man will respond more to a woman who is strong willed, healthy, and athletic.
If by “bulky” you mean a woman with a tight ass, toned legs and arms, and a six pack then call me crazy but I’ll take bulky over flabby any day.
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