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!