5 Reasons Why You Should Try CrossFit

CrossFit_women5 Reasons Why You Should Try CrossFit

CrossFit  is the hottest workout trend right now, and it’s really all that it’s hyped up to be. Here are 5 reasons why you should try it.

1. It’s fun.

I was an endurance athlete and ultimately, became a bored endurance athlete. I wanted something that didn’t require hours upon hours of training with little payoff. When a friend suggested I try CrossFit, I thought why not?

CrossFit workouts, called WODs, are constantly varied and include combinations of aerobic exercise, strength training and gymnastics. WODs are short, intense and best of all—fun. After you’ve recovered from the shock and awe of what you’ve just accomplished, you realize how enjoyable it was.  If you don’t trust me, ask anyone you know who does CrossFit if it’s fun.

 2.     You’ll get fitter, faster.

CrossFit is based on constantly varied, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which means you get more physiological benefits in less time compared doing one type of exercise at a low or moderate intensity, like going on a 5-6 mile jog 5 days a week. Research shows that interval training (higher efforts combined with active rest) is more effective than low or moderate intensity workouts for boosting your metabolism and transforming your body from flab to fab. And because muscles continually adapt to an exercise load, switching up what you do is key to keep gaining additional fitness benefits.

But don’t let the word “intense” scare you: WODs are scaled to your current conditioning so you’ll be just fine from Day 1.

3. There’s beauty in strength  (…and Strong is the New Skinny!).

If you’ve ever seen women who are consistent with CrossFit training, you’ll say, I want THAT. CrossFit is one of the best ways to go from flab to fab.  This is the sport that coined phrases like “Strong is the New Skinny!” and “Does this dress make my butt look weak?” See how these See  CrossFit women embrace their strong, healthy CrossFit-built bodies:

Unlike other exercise programs designed to get you pin-thin, CrossFit is designed to help you create a beautiful, lean physique that not only looks great but also allows you to do things you never thought you could. You’ll have strength to do lots of pull-ups and push-ups, stamina to run for miles as well as better balance, agility and coordination. You’ll feel confident about yourself and how strong and fit you feel. If you do CrossFit and eat right you’ll lose fat and get stronger at the same time.

4. You’ll gain a new social network.

Since I’ve been going to my CrossFit gym (called box), Tamalpais CrossFit in Marin County, CA, I have a whole new second family.  Cross fit is often referred to as a cult because Cross Fitters are close-knit and they often socialize together. CrossFit boxes are as much about community as they are a place to workout. Egos are checked at the door; everyone is supportive on each other and will help you reach your personal goals. The other great thing is that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll be welcome at other CrossFit facilities. I’ve been to them in New Zealand, NY, MI, AZ, IL, MA, and have felt welcome everywhere. To find a local box in your area, use this CrossFit locator.

5. CrossFit will make you a better person.

There are so many ways CrossFit can improve your life, I’ll share a few: It’ll:CrossFit_women

Improve your self-confidence and self-esteem;

Make you love and appreciate your body;

Encourage you to be more disciplined about what you eat and how much you train;

Help you lose excess body fat and gain muscle;

Improve your overall health and reduce risk for chronic disease;

Give you a whole new group of friends that you can share experiences with; and

Make you smile!

Go ahead, give it a try….then email us to let us know what you think.

–Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD

Comments

  1. ok. i really need to try crossfit. need to just bite this bullet!

  2. This is all well and good, but I think the issue of cost is often ignored when discussing CrossFit. A monthly membership fee is usually around $180, with no trial visits offered.

  3. I was just looking at the prices as well. $160-180 a month is quite steep considering I spend $40 on my gym membership which includes equipment, classes, pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Even most yoga studios are cheaper than CrossFit. Why are the membership fees so high?

  4. I agree, the boxes can be expensive but I’ve also seen many that offer discounts via Living Social and Groupon. A lot of the gyms also def have trial memberships, so keep asking for that. With CF you won’t need to buy anything else, so there’s no equipment, you won’t have any trainer fees, and most gyms really allow you pretty good access for the monthly fee… I know mine allows us to go as much as we want, which I think is an awesome deal. Thanks TCF

  5. At a CrossFit Box, you’re paying for training. Yes, you can go to a spiffy health club with all sorts of fancy equipment for $40/mo. The free classes don’t compare to what a CrossFit gym will offer you. The results speak for themselves. It’s an investment in your health. You end up paying $10 or less per training session. That’s a bargain.

  6. Thanks for this great article on CrossFit (and I love the video). I agree with all five reasons. I am a huge fan! The box I go to charges $125/month for a year commitment so for me that works out to about $10/session….such a deal!! They allow an unlimited # of sessions during the month and you can try before you buy. I tried it out for a month with a Living Social deal and that was such a great way to go! All boxes are different so check out different ones in your area for comparison and look for a Groupon or Living Social deal.

  7. Genise,

    Thanks for sharing and telling our fans how much you pay. I am in CA and pay quite a bit but because I go so frequently, mine ends up probably around 10.00 a session too

    Julie

  8. Sue Johnson says:

    This is a great Idea and I would love to try the CrossFit

  9. gina welborn says:

    I’m 56 and I fast walk on the treadmill every day for 90 minutes and 20-30 minute cool down. I cover 6 1/2 miles in 90 minutes and burn 500 calories. I do some work with free weights post workout. Is this adequate for me to acheive maximium health benefits and fitness?

  10. All of these are absolutely true! And not all boxes cost $180+ a month to join. My box, in SoCal, has options for 2, 3 or unlimited days a week (for way less than $180), and they offer you a couple of trial classes before you need to commit.

  11. Dana M says:

    Many gyms have all the equipment you need to do Cross Fit on your own. You can also make alot of your own equipment or look around at consignment or places like ebay for a great deal then down load and follow your own WODS. It’s not hard to DIY, just have to have the motivation. $10/session or $125+ a month may not sound bad, but when on a budget, sometimes you have to improvise.

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