In a recent post, we wrote about what you could expect when you came to our box to try CrossFit for the first time.
Hopefully, you read it and we took some of the mystery out of what an hour of CrossFit actually looks like. If you’re ready to start CrossFit, we want to share with you what is going to happen to your body when you start CrossFit in earnest. We’re all about de-mystifying this sport that is laden with myths in order to help you become a more awesome you.
You Will Be Sore
The first few weeks after starting CrossFit will be unlike anything your body has ever experienced, even if you’ve been going to gyms for your whole life. There is a very real chance you will literally have to roll out of bed a few mornings, so you might want to plan ahead to ensure you don’t commit to something. The actual soreness is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which means the soreness will set in 24-48 hours after the workout.
So if the first morning after doesn’t feel too bad, buckle up for that second morning.
You Will Surprise Yourself
The second-hardest part about starting CrossFit is keeping at it when the soreness sets in and it feels like your muscles will be on fire forever. (Hint: They won’t.) So you will drag yourself to the box the next day and then two days later. After a few weeks of doing CrossFit, you’ll remark to yourself that you’re surprised you’ve stuck with it this long.
The thought of going to the gym again to put yourself through hell is not high on your list of priorities, but you know it’s good for you. You’ll surprise yourself again when you drag your butt to the box to complete another WOD.
And then you’ll keep doing it.
You Will Feel So Good
It’s amazing how your body reacts to regular fitness. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start exercising. And the more you do it, the better you will feel.
With CrossFit, you pay a significant amount of money to participate in classes, which is motivation enough for a lot of people to stay at it. With regular CrossFit WODs comes more flexibility, improved stamina, and an overall better feel about your body. And that’s not to mention the improved confidence and better brain agility.
Your sleep will benefit, as well, since regular exercise is proven to improve the quality of your sleep.
You Will Keep Going
Maybe the most surprising aspect of starting CrossFit is that you continue to come back. If you’re like a lot of people, it’s hard to drag yourself to the gym on a regular basis. CrossFit is tougher because the workouts are tougher. You know you’re going to hate it while you do it.
Yet, you still come back and push yourself.
Maybe you never viewed yourself as somebody who could stick to a rigorous exercise routine, but you are pleasantly surprised that you’re doing it.
You know there are a lot of benefits to CrossFit. The longer you continue to show up at the box, you will start to experience them for yourself.
If you’re interested in trying out CrossFit, sign up today for a free, no-sweat intro!
Fitness trends come and go and most fall to the wayside for good reason. Most programs fail to produce consistent results. It’s a wonder why so many folks stray away from what is tried and true when it comes to exercise programs?
“The rule is: the basics are the basic, and you can’t beat the basics” -Charles Poliquin
Despite what your goals may be, every individual can benefit from physical resistance training. Not only that, but the health benefits extend far beyond your short term fitness goals. Regardless of why you train, let’s take a look at some of the reasons you should incorporate strength training into your fitness regimen.
- Training for strength produces results.
Whatever your goals, muscle will help you get there. Some companies in the fitness industry has made a fortune around buzzwords like “tone”, “lift”, and “sculpt.” The problem is there’s no way to measure those loose terms. If you want to change your body composition there is only the ability to gain or lose muscle while simultaneously gaining or losing fat. If you are looking for the most efficient way to do make a change then strength training is your best option.
Strength training, or physical resistance training, can be defined as a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. When you gain muscle you increase your bodies basal metabolism (the amount of calories you burn each day before factoring in physical activity). It’s kind of like putting a bigger engine in a car. The car is capable of moving faster or pulling a heavier load (more muscle), but it also uses more fuel (fat) whether it’s cruising down the freeway or idling in the driveway. Strength training helps us “tone” through this muscle gain/fat loss trade.
- “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” -Peter Drucker
Training for strength provides a clear path for success. You can set training goals that are specific, measurable, and produce desired outcomes. A good coach will help you design a plan towards these goals with checkpoints along the way. Your strength training program is a road map to success with clear directions. Sets, reps, and weights lifted safely through the full range of motion are the signals that you’re on track. Many people find that a more detailed plan helps them stay motivated as they experience progress.
- Age gracefully with more muscle mass.
As we get older strength training is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Physical independence is a key factor in a great quality of life. A comprehensive study of strength training has been proven to:
- Improve motor function
- Lower resting heart rate
- Increase stamina
- Prevent sarcopenia (age related muscle loss)
- Improve bone mineral density
- Prevent and help rehab injuries
Functional strength training will be an asset in daily life too. From picking up grandchildren or bags of groceries to climbing stairs with confidence.
- You’ll experience epic brain gains.
Did you know that lifting weights can strengthen your brain just as much as it does your body?
Dr. Yorgi Mavros from the University of Sydney has found that high‐intensity physical resistance training (PRT) results in significant improvements in cognitive function, muscle strength, and aerobic capacity in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Adults who followed a resistance training routine in addition to cognitive training performed significantly better than control groups on a series of mental tests. A couple key factors to note:
- The participants exercised 2x/ week working to at least 80% of their peak strength.
- The benefits lasted one year after the exercise prescription had ended.
What does that mean? According to Yorgi, “The stronger people became, the greater the benefit for their brain.” Let that sink in for a minute. You actually grow your brain by training to become stronger! It makes me wonder if Einstein developed his Theory of Relativity in between heavy sets of back squats…
- Strong moms have healthy babies.
During pregnancy, the question always arises of what does fitness look like for this stage of life? With so much on the line, it’s important to consult with a doctor before beginning any fitness routine. Luckily, there is a tremendous amount to be gained by incorporating a strength training routine under normal circumstances. Resistance training can help alleviate symptoms and improve health outcomes for the mother and child. According to the Mayo Clinic, women who follow a consistent strength training routine during pregnancy can experience:
- Reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
- Boosted mood and energy levels
- Better sleep
- Prevent excess weight gain
- Maintain levels of muscle strength and endurance
- Reduced incidence of gestational diabetes
Not only that but women who train during pregnancy report enhanced body image and better psychological well-being!
Interested in learning how you can get strong? Sign up today for a free, no-sweat intro!
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