CrossFit has attracted a lot of attention in the fitness industry since it was incepted and developed over the last few years. Some of the hype has come from new participants who have seen staggering benefits over relatively short periods of time and have then shared the program to family and friends wanting to know what their secret was.
CrossFit has also attracted some negative attention about how easy it is to injure yourself and how it loses muscle mass and strength. Much of the controversy surrounding CrossFit as an exercise is largely a direct result from participants or some instructors misusing the program.
Myth 1: Crossfit Is the Universal Solution to Get into Shape for Everyone
CrossFit (when applied correctly) is an excellent program for some individuals who are looking to achieve a spectrum of results that include weight loss, strength, and cardio-vascular fitness at the same time. It is not the perfect universal training program for an Olympic marathon runner looking to improve race time or an injured 60-year-old car crash victim seeking physical rehabilitation.
Before setting out on any exercise program, an individual need to start with their personal goals. “What is it that I am looking to achieve?” It might be that once the objectives are clear that CrossFit is an appropriate program, but whatever exercise program the participant decides to use should be designed by a qualified professional and should be tailored to the specific individuals’ requirements and goals.
Myth 2: Anyone Doing CrossFit Will Get Injured at Some Point.
CrossFit has attracted a lot of negative hype in the last few years due to some people publicising that CrossFit as a sport has a disproportionate number of injuries to other sports. Most research conducted on CrossFit and injuries has concluded that CrossFit has a similar injury rate to Weightlifting and Gymnastics. Sydney CrossFit trainer Karl Robertson puts much of the injury occurrence to poor instruction and people not knowing their limits. “It isn’t expensive to start a CrossFit box and there are a few trainers out there (only a few) who probably don’t apply their CrossFit instruction in the way qualified instructors should. When you have these conditions together, then yeah, people are going to get injured.”
The most important aspect of any physical training is to not compromise your form and to work within your own physical limits. When you apply these principles, you have a much greater chance of being able to train injury free.
Myth 3: All CrossFit Instructors Have the Same Level of Qualification.
A weekend course is all that is required to become a certified CrossFit instructor, but would you want to be trained by anyone whose only professional credentials were this course? If you are going to embark on your own CrossFit journey, then choose your CrossFit box and your instructors very carefully to ensure that they are fully qualified physical trainers with their CrossFit certification, not just anyone off the street who has done the weekend CrossFit course. Do not be afraid to ask specifically for the qualifications, backgrounds and supporting evidence of the staff who will be instructing you. This is a perfectly reasonable request and your own health is at stake. Any professional operators will be wanting to go out of their way to demonstrate why they are the best qualified to have you as their customer.
An important side-note to this is that not all CrossFit boxes are run in the same way. They all have their own unique approach, workout styles and their own bias towards the facets of the program that they believe will be the most beneficial to the participants training in it. The best boxes will tailor the program to suit the group. You should also feel free to try number of different boxes to establish which one is right for you. Most boxes will offer a week for free.