I joined a CrossFit gym after being a runner for the majority of my life. I ran + ran + ran — I just didn’t see the point of doing anything else. But then, Kent CHAARG visited CrossFit Cadre + everything changed.
I’m not asking you to commit to a CrossFit membership. I’m not even asking you to attend a CrossFit class. I’m just asking that you open your mind to the possibility that CrossFit isn’t what the stereotypes claim it to be. With that in mind, I’ve done my best to debunk the top 5 most common myths about CrossFit. So — what really happens when you start doing CrossFit?
MYTH #1 — YOU HAVE TO BE THE COMPETITIVE TYPE TO ENJOY CROSSFIT.
FACT — CrossFit is like any other workout. It’s about what you bring to the table. Everyone working out alongside you is only worried about one person – herself or himself. CrossFitters compete with themselves more than anyone else. For them, it’s about getting one more rep than they did last round or beating their time from last week. If you don’t want to keep track of past workouts, reps or times, THAT’S OK! What’s important is that you’re enjoying yourself + pushing yourself as far as you’re comfortable with.
MYTH #2 — YOU NEED TO HAVE A BACKGROUND IN LIFTING.
FACT — The job of CrossFit trainers is to teach you how to do the movements properly. In most, if not all CrossFit gyms, trainers walk you through a series of foundation classes before you’re even able to join a regular class. During these foundation courses, you’re taught how to do the movements properly to ensure you don’t hurt yourself + you feel prepared walking into a regular class. Plus, trainers are always walking around during WODs to make certain movements are being performed properly.
MYTH #3 — YOU’RE GOING TO GET SUPER BULKY.
FACT — The women you see on TV competing in the CrossFit games are the top CrossFit athletes in the nation. Assuming you’re going to get as ripped as those girls is like assuming you’re going to turn into LeBron James after playing a couple rounds of hoops. It’s just silly. Top CrossFitters put in long hours at the gym, + calculate their meals + supplements meticulously. Their appearance is a reflection of that. For a CHAARG girl, all she’s going to do is get leaner, build her VO2 max + challenge herself. Not too bad, eh?
MYTH #4 — YOU’RE GOING TO GET HURT.
FACT — As with any form of activity, the risk of injury always exists. But don’t blame the sport. CrossFit is designed to mimic everyday movements + build strength. Each session begins with a mobility session where you stretch + warm up your muscles for the WOD. Issues happen when you stop listening to your body. If something hurts, tell a trainer. All of the WODs + movements in CrossFit are scaleable. So if you don’t have your pull-up, that’s OK! If you’re feeling tired today, that’s OK, too!
MYTH #5 — ONCE YOU START CROSSFIT, ALL YOU DO IS TALK ABOUT CROSSFIT.
FACT — CrossFit isn’t a cult. It’s just like any other gym. If you attend barre classes or yoga classes regularly, you’re likely to talk about those classes to your friends + CrossFitters are no different. Whereas you might be excited to tell someone that you nailed your scorpion pose in yoga, a CrossFitter is just as excited to tell someone about PRing her deadlift.
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+ Grace [@gm.inchaarg], Kent CHAARG