CrossFit has exploded in popularity as a fun and effective way to get fit. It’s popularity has evolved because it works for everyday folks who need to maintain their health, but is also extremely popular as a competitive event.
Sometimes it is tough for the outside world to see the differences between the sport of CrossFit they see on TV and the training methodology they would experience in a local gym. Let’s look at some of the key differences between the sport and the training style so you can make an educated decision on adopting CrossFit into your life.
CrossFit in any form incorporates functional movement. Using natural human movement patterns like squatting, hinging, and pressing overhead you will experience these patterns. What varies between competition and class is the technical requirements or difficulty, and the loads used in competition. The Games you see on TV are the best athletes in the world competing head-to-head. In order to truly differentiate the fittest men and women, they must be tested by the most extreme workouts. You will see that they perform weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular workouts, but at much higher intensities and volume than a coach would ever ask you perform in your local gym.
“Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise,” -Greg Glassman
The cool thing is that you get to see your favorite athletes being pushed and tested so that they feel the workout is just as challenging as you might feel workouts are. Everyone is safely pushed and challenged to improve themselves. Reaching just a little bit further and tapping into their true potential.
If you want to try a high intensity functional fitness workout like CrossFit you may well be surprised by how friendly and welcoming the community is. You will not be the biggest or smallest, the oldest or youngest, or even the least experienced.
Training for the sport looks very different from what you may think is involved with a regular CrossFit class. Everyday the workout is different and scaled to your specific needs. Your coach is more likely to scale the weights or movements in a way that is self-limiting (you choose when to stop) rather than push you into doing something that is dangerous or painful.
This style of training is so popular because people are able to experience long term growth in a fun and supportive environment. If you’re ready to join a like minded community of motivated individuals then come check us out!
If you’re ready to try CrossFit, reach out today to schedule a free intro session.