CrossFit is probably the biggest craze also known as the sport of fitness. Before you begin CrossFit it is important to know what it is though. CrossFit workouts are known to be derived of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements. To put that into simple terms, these workouts are fast paced and very challenging. Don’t let that scare you though because there are a lot of benefits to these workouts such as muscle building, cardio, and fat burning. Here is your guide on what you need to know before beginning CrossFit.
How to find a CrossFit Gym?
If you go on google and search CrossFit gyms near me, tons of options will come up. Don’t pick the closest CrossFit Gym to you though. Just because it is convenient doesn’t mean it is the best option. Look for CrossFit gyms with experienced coaches that are certified. These coaches will look out after what you are doing and in turn help prevent you from injuring yourself, as much as possible.
Is it for Beginner’s?
The perception of CrossFit is that it is only for experienced individuals in the fitness realm. This is not true. Many CrossFit gyms have coaches that teach beginner and introductory classes. Look for CrossFit gyms that offer these classes. If they are not offering these classes, look somewhere else and learn how to perform the movements to prevent injury. As you become more experienced you may what to challenge yourself further but they will always have other variations of the exercises to fit your needs.
Is CrossFit Dangerous?
The simple answer, Yes. There are a lot of complex moves performed in these workouts and they are extremely fast paced that may result in injury. You are pushed to the limits and are challenged to do a specific number of repetitions in a certain amount of time. With this fast paced workouts, sometimes form is lost which can result in injury. My most important advice for this, go at your pace and choose a weight that is appropriate for you. It is easy to get caught up in the competition and try to perform an exercise at a weight that you are not ready for. So take your time and build yourself and your pace.
Written by GUADS staff member Patrick with contributions from www.menshealth.com