Is CrossFit Exercise Safe?
We've written about CrossFit here in the past, and if you’ve visited a gym or kept your eye on the health and fitness community over the course of the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a lot about CrossFit exercise. If you're interested in exploring what all of the interest is about and potentially increasing your fitness level using these fun workouts, here is what you need to know about the benefits of CrossFit and whether or not it’s safe for you.
What Is CrossFit?
CrossFit is an innovative strength and conditioning workout that utilizes your own bodyweight to build all-over muscle and strength. CrossFit exercise does not use high-intensity cardio workouts or require a long time spent at the gym. Depending on how you choose to practice CrossFit, you could work out at home with only your own bodyweight or use a variety of weights and tools to maximize your workout.
Welcome to the "Box"
A CrossFit facility, called a box, is much different than your typical gym atmosphere. They typically won’t have any fancy weight machines or treadmills, just the essentials for the workouts-of-the-day, or “WODS,” like jump ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells, climbing ropes and chin-up bars. WODs can consist of a variety of movements using techniques from multiple areas of fitness like gymnastics or bodybuilding to build strength, flexibility and endurance.
A box is more than a place you go to exercise, it can be a supportive community of people who are passionate about fitness and wellness of all different levels. If you’re thinking about joining a CrossFit group, you can check their social media to see how they support their members both in and outside of the gym.
What Are the Benefits of CrossFit Exercise?
- Improved Conditioning – CrossFit aims to improve your overall physical fitness, which means that you can expect a wide range of things to improve and not merely one or two aspects of your health. You will experience results in everything from how you mow the lawn to how well you can lift heavy boxes.
- Break Through Plateaus – Every fitness lover experiences plateaus throughout their training, and CrossFit has built-in mechanisms designed to break them. CrossFit is never the same workout day after day. Instead, you are supposed to switch what you are doing by type of exercise, muscles used and intensity level. This prevents you from plateauing and ensures awesome results.
- Lose Weight Quickly – Because CrossFit is such a multi-faceted workout, it can also help people to lose weight quickly and feel satisfied with the results. High-intensity burst training can actually burn a higher amount of fat than traditional cardio, and in a shorter amount of time!
Is CrossFit Safe?
In short, yes! CrossFit is not any more dangerous than any other workout, providing you are taking the proper precautions and listening to your body. If you feel any pain or discomfort during your workout, you should always stop and assess how you are doing. While pushing yourself is one thing, allowing an injury to become worse is another!
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