If you’re thinking about starting CrossFit, you have no doubt been exposed to some of the myths associated with this form of exercise.
From being a cult, to being only for world-class athletes, CrossFit has had to battle its fair share of detractors on a regular basis, and that’s before someone even steps foot in a box.
Even one of the local Detroit radio shows (which we love, by the way) has added to the skepticism surrounding this type of workout.
But we know that once someone has been to a CrossFit workout, those fears fall by the wayside.
Unfortunately, it’s an uphill battle showing people who could benefit from CrossFit that their fears are unfounded.
So, in the spirit of giving someone thinking about starting CrossFit some peace of mind, here are three common CrossFit myths, and why they are wrong.
- CrossFit Is A Cult
CrossFit is certainly not a cult.
But like anything that’s popular, there will be haters, and CrossFit is no different. This is why a myth has emerged portraying CrossFit athletes as members of a cult.
That could not be further from the truth.
It’s true we enjoy each other’s company and often get together when it’s not a WOD or Metcon, but so do office colleagues.
What we are is a community of like-minded people who encourage others to become the best versions of themselves through regular fitness and a willingness to step outside of their comfort zone to get in shape.
- You Will Get Rhabdo From CrossFit
Rhabdomyolysis (or, “rhabdo”) is a serious, sometimes fatal, injury caused by working out at a high intensity.
It’s also extremely rare.
While we do want our athletes to push themselves, the beauty of CrossFit is that each workout is scaled to allow the athlete to proceed at their own pace.
Our staff of coaches is properly trained and certified to ensure each athlete works out at their own pace in a safe and supervised environment.
Your mother always said you would get sick if you ate too much chocolate, and the same goes for CrossFit: everything in moderation.
- CrossFit Is Only For Serious Athletes
If your only frame of reference to CrossFit is the CrossFit Games, then we can totally see why you might think this is true. (Sara Sigmundsdóttir intimidates us, too.)
But CrossFit was created to help everyone get fit and healthy, no matter their prior workout history.
CrossFit is truly for everyone.
If you give it real effort, you will see, over time, that your body is reacting positively to regular fitness, even if you will never be at the level of the athletes in the Games.
And that’s okay.
We embrace anyone who is committed to improving their health, with none of the pressure.
If you want to get in the best shape of your life, schedule your free consultation today!
We are the first to admit that if you’ve never done CrossFit, it can be intimidating to somebody who wants to try but is unsure how to start.
Let’s face it: If your only exposure to CrossFit is watching the CrossFit Games on television, then it’s understandable if you are hesitant about signing up.
But it doesn’t have to be intimidating.
CrossFit prides itself on being welcoming to new athletes, and Grand Trunk CrossFit is no different.
That said, we’ve talked to a number of members who say one of the most daunting aspects of CrossFit is the lingo thrown around by our more seasoned members.
It can be hard enough to show up and do a workout by yourself; it’s even trickier when it sounds like we’re speaking in tongues.
With that in mind, let us calm your fears and give you a head start on learning the language of CrossFit.
Here are the most common terms new athletes should know:
WOD – This terms stands for Workout Of The Day. When our athletes show up at the gym, the big screen shows them the workout they will be taking part in. It’s usually divvied up a weightlifting portion and then a second portion that is a bit more intense. These are usually an AMRAP or a Metcon. Not familiar with what those are? Read on.
AMRAP – This stands for As Many Reps As Possible. It’s one variation of the WOD. When an AMRAP is part of the workout, athletes are urged to complete as may reps as possible in a given time. Once the time is up, the number of reps is the athlete’s score that is then inputted into the system.
Metcon – This is short for metabolic conditioning. It’s another form of a WOD that athletes work through on any given day. Just like an AMRAP, there are certain reps and movements included. The difference is that athletes have to complete all of the reps (in rounds) for time before their workout is over.
Rx – Each weightlifting portion of the workout comes with a prescribed weight for men and women. For instance, if kettlebell swings are part of the WOD, the Rx weight for men might be 50 pounds, while Rx for women is 35 pounds. Of course, you can use less weight if you don’t feel comfortable “Rx’ing it”. The prescribed weights are there to push our athletes and act as an attainable goal for those who are not quite at that level.
The Box – The box is our gym. It’s the area where our athletes come together to stretch, workout, be awesomer, and create the best version of them. It is our home away from home.
Now that you are familiar with some of the lingo, we want to encourage you to come in and schedule a free session with a coach.
You will not be disappointed!