CrossFit has gained a large following over the years. It’s the ultimate way to get into shape, lose weight and get really strong physically and mentally. It combines a variety of different styles of exercise that will get your entire body working from your muscles, your joints and your heart.
There are countless benefits of CrossFit but we’ll just look at a handful of them that we hope will inspire you to grab your CrossFit shoes and join in this amazing health and fitness trend.
It’s A Lot Of Fun
One of the main reasons people give up on their usual workout routines is boredom. Doing the same thing over and over again really takes all the fun out of exercising and once the initial feelings of euphoria pass, boredom sets in. That’s when you most likely start looking for an excuse to skip your routine, just once. The trouble is, you do that once, you’ll start to do it with an alarming frequency and before you know it, you’ve stopped working out altogether.
With CrossFit, the routine keeps changing. You could be using weights one day, then battle ropes another day or even assault bikes or just engaging in a serious cardio session. Some CrossFit boxes make changes at short notice so you never know what you’ll be doing. That element of surprise keeps it interesting and fun.
Improve Your Strength
Weight training is a key feature of CrossFit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll constantly be lifting weights. It could be a routine with a Kettlebell or the weight training could be you trying to pull yourself up during a pull-ups session. Even if you don’t use a traditional bar and weights, you’ll still get in just the right amount of weight training to gain strength in your whole body. It’s not all about getting big and bulky, but you will notice some awesome muscle definition.
You Will Get Fit
The short but intense bursts of exercise you get during HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) will really get your heart pumping. No other workout offers this high level of cardio and this is what will get you fit. You may feel like you’re going to die the first time you get into it, but in a relatively short time, you will get through the workout quite easily. You can also add, omit and change the routines to keep them interesting. The different routines will also target every part of your body so you’ll reap the benefits from head to toe.
Revel In Your Newfound Flexibility
Once you become entrenched in the CrossFit culture, you will never cease to amaze yourself with your own progress. On day one, you probably could bend over past your knees and a few weeks later you’re almost a contortionist. You’ve discovered that you’re tired, stiff body has suddenly become incredibly flexible and that old, creaky and stiff joints are no moving like a well-oiled machine. That’s because CrossFit warm ups and cool downs help you to limber up before you do the hard work. The hard work such as the Wight training and HIIT get you moving in ways you never thought possible. The more you engage in all of this movement the more flexible you become.
CrossFit Is A Lifestyle Change
If you’re looking for a quick fix for a weight problem, CrossFit may not be for you. CrossFit is so much more than a weight loss program that you think you only need for a few weeks to get into a smaller sized outfit for your cousin’s wedding or that trip to St Tropez. When you fully immerse yourself In CrossFit, many other areas of your life will change. You will understand how your body works and as you see results relatively soon, you will be motivated to keep going. Not only that, but you’ll also start to understand the relationship between your body and food. Many coaches are also familiar with nutrition so they’ll help you choose the right foods to give your body what it needs to perform at its best.
You’ll Have Your Own Support Network
Have you ever noticed how people at the gym avoid communication? It goes so much deeper and many people won’t even make eye contact with their fellow gym goers. The exact opposite is true in CrossFit boxes. CrossFitters are often quite chatty and love to share their success and failure stories. These stories can help you avoid certain mistakes in your CrossFit journey, but more importantly, you’ll be surrounded by people who genuinely want to help you and you’ll make some great friends in the process.
You Can Go It Alone
If you don’t have a CrossFit box or a gym nearby, you can formulate your own CrossFit routine. You can do this by seeking the advice of a CrossFit trainer or look for information online. You only need a few basic pieces of equipment and the desire to succeed and work towards your goals. The other benefit is that you can incorporate a lot of outdoor activities like jogging or running so you can get outside into some sunshine and fresh air.
It’s All About You
CrossFit training isn’t about being better than the person next to you. It’s all about becoming a better, happier version of yourself. While some CrossFit boxes post weekly results of their members, there is no pressure to be as good as other members. The true success is losing that extra few pounds or being able to do that extra 5 minutes of HIIT. You’re only competing with yourself. Of course, you can compare the results of other members, if for no other reason than to motivate yourself even more.
Join the growing number of people who have adopted CrossFit as a way of life. You will get fitter, healthier and stronger than you ever thought possible. You can start as a total beginner and work your way up to becoming a seasoned pro.