Why Aren't You Doing CrossFit Yet?

Time, knowledge, and injury are the most common reasons I hear to not start CrossFit.  If you can’t take three hours out of your 168 each week to help keep your body healthy, then I’m really sorry.  You’ve drawn a rough card in life and are probably already doing all you can to keep you and your loved ones alive and well.  If you think you can manage just three hours a week at the gym, then I can make you fitter, healthier, and, as a result, happier.  If you don’t know what to do while you’re at the gym, no problem!  Every single class is led by a knowledgeable, certified trainer who will break down each movement for you and make sure you are doing it at an appropriate skill level.  There are many intimidating looking skills in CrossFit that take a lot of practice to master, but any worthwhile CrossFit coach will be able to break down the movement so that they meet you where you are.  I hear from many people that they don’t want to try CrossFit until they are more fit. No, no, no, you don’t go to CrossFit to show off your fitness, you go to CrossFit to improve your fitness.  This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there, so it bears repeating.  As my first CrossFit coach used to say, start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.  All the amazing looking CrossFitters out there don’t look like that because they got really fit and then started it, they look like that because CrossFit works.  

But doesn’t everyone who does CrossFit get injured?  This is a commonly repeated myth, that has absolutely no truth to it.  The injury rates in CrossFit are consistent with any other physical activity.  The injury rates in running are reported to be about 50% of runners per year, with over 90% getting injured at some point in their running lifetime, but that rarely gets talked about.  Now, do the exercises that are essential to CrossFit put more stress on the body than the average gym routine? Yes, they do.  That’s how the body changes, by putting it under stress, which causes adaptation (aka fat loss and muscle gain).  CrossFit is successful because it has trained professionals leading and supervising its participants the entire time.  Coaches are taught to introduce new exercises through a model of mechanics, consistency, and then intensity.  Show me you can do it right, then show me you can do it right over and over, and only then do you get to do it faster or with more weight.  If your current exercise regimen is either boring, slowly injuring you, or isn’t providing the progress you want, then you need to at least give CrossFit a try.

Don’t wait to try CrossFit.  Don’t wait until you feel motivated or you think you have time in your day or until a small injury heals.  Being in the group will help motivate you.  If you can’t make time for your own health now, you never will.  The variety in CrossFit means there’s always a way to work around your injury.  There’s no time like the present to start, and every day that you don’t is a day you could have been working to improve yourself.  CrossFit is not just exercise; it’s base strength and conditioning that allows you to feel your best and get the most out of life.  We’re not trying to turn everyone into professional athletes, but being fit is a basic necessity to long lasting quality of life and confidence in your abilities.  And that’s something that everyone deserves.

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Curious About CrossFit?

We are coming into the day and age where CrossFit is a widely known entity.  If you’re reading this article, you probably participate in CrossFit, have tried it, or at least know someone who has.  As a method of teaching and experiencing fitness, it has become both renowned or criticized by almost everyone who has heard the name.  This article, however, is not a discussion of the positives and negatives of CrossFit as seen through the eyes of others.  Nor is it a canned definition taught in a CrossFit trainer course.  Rather, it is a statement of the principles that I hold and teach as the owner of CrossFit Alacrity.

The methodology of CrossFit allows its users to experience the most efficient, well-rounded workout that time allows.  How many times have you thought to yourself, “Oh sure, I could have a six-pack and muscles if I could spend half my day at the gym, but I live in the real world!”  The focus on intensity and variation in CrossFit allows you to do just that.  You will have time for a proper warm-up, cool-down, strength activities, and cardiovascular activities, all in the space of one hour and at an intensity that is scientifically proven for results.  

Strength and endurance are the foundation for everything.  I’m not just talking about being able to lift heavy things off the floor or climb up a rock wall.  Sure, those things are great, but I’m talking about being able to hold a sleeping baby for a long period of time without back pain, being able to get up and down off the floor or a chair when you’re elderly, or being able to hike with your friends on a moments notice. You need physical strength and endurance in order to do these things; otherwise you’ll make excuses and miss out on these precious moments in life.  Don’t let a totally solvable problem, like lack of strength, excuse you from doing these things.  You can gain strength at any time in life if you put in the effort.  Age is not the issue. In fact, many “signs of aging” are more related to a lack of physical activity than they are to the body getting older.  

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CrossFit Community

The real glue that makes CrossFit work is the group aspect.  All the individual parts of the methodology work well in the laboratory where you’re combining elements to create a perfect workout routine.  But even if you know how to constantly vary your workout elements, have perfect form, warm-up properly every time, and are great at pushing yourself to the limit, you will probably burn yourself out or lose your motivation at some point. 

Now just imagine if you had a whole gym full of people who were doing the same workout as you, and nobody has headphones.  You can't help but be more engaged in what you're doing, and a workout format that naturally makes people compete brings out the best in you.  Everyone is working toward the same goal of improved fitness, and the loudest cheers in the room aren’t for whoever finishes first but whoever finishes last.  Fitness knows no gender, so you’ve got guys and girls doing the same exercises right next to each other.  The end of class includes high fives and discussions about how to improve and get better for the next time.

The focus on positive achievements like your first push-up or a personal best lift creates a more motivating and encouraging atmosphere that, in turn, keeps you on track toward your goals.  At the end of the day it takes consistency to reach your fitness goals, and if you are loving each experience you have, then it’s much easier to keep going day after day, week after week.  What you will find is that most people start CrossFit for the results, but they stay for community.  If working out with your friends each day sounds appealing to you, then you should give CrossFit a try.

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Gym Updates

Membership Starts April 1st!  Things are all set, and CrossFit Alacrity will officially open with a full schedule on April 1st (not a joke).  The classes will be 6am, 9am, noon, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm.  Thanks to everyone who has come to classes in March, I hope I'll see you all in the future as regular members.  There will still be a free trial class available for anyone to try out CrossFit Alacrity.

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