Five CrossFit Misconceptions

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You have probably also heard a lot of rumors about CrossFit and how you should, or shouldn’t take part. Here are five misconnections about CrossFit, from Miranda, a certified CrossFit coach.

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Not everyone can do CrossFit.This is one of the biggest misconceptions about CrossFit!  CrossFit was designed by Greg Glassman to improve one’s fitness and health. His main concern was as we age we lose the ability to perform functional tasks such as getting up from a chair, toilet or floor. CrossFit is cardiovascular intense while also using Olympic lifting for strengthening to improve one’s flexibility and functional strength by using many muscle groups during each lift. CrossFit now offers kids classes that range from 5-12 in age as well as master classes where 55 to 90-year old’s are performing CrossFit. CrossFit is very versatile, and movements can be scaled to one’s fitness level that is determined by your coach.

CrossFit will cause injury.Do people get injured in CrossFit? Of course, they do, just as they do in any sport. CrossFit injuries have a reported 3.1 injuries per 1000 hours trained, this is similar to Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics and this number is lower than one who plays contact sports such as rugby, football and soccer. Having a well-trained coach and listening to your body while focusing on form will help in preventing injury.

You must be in shape to do CrossFit. The goal of CrossFit is to improve health and fitness. We all must start somewhere, and CrossFit is adaptable to all fitness levels and age groups. There are many modifications and scaling options for all exercises that a trained coach will be able to assist you with to reach your goals.

CrossFit is discouraged by physical therapy community.Many people in the physical therapy world perform CrossFit, and it is recognized in any sport that there is a greater risk of injury, but the complications from not staying active do not out way the benefits of staying active and healthy.

All CrossFit coaches are the same.Although all couches go through the same training, it is only a weekend course and you don’t need an advanced athletic training background to become a coach. It is important to visit a couple of gyms or “boxes” in your area to check out the gym atmosphere and to ask questions to make sure it is a good fit for you as each gym is not the same.

There you have it! Five common misconceptions, and the real truth, about CrossFit!


Andrew Vertson

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