Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CrossFit Craze: In or Out?

The time has come to give into the hype and check out this CrossFit everyone is talking about.  I had seen these little "pods" as they call them sprouting up all over a couple years ago and as I am with all things fitness, I was interested.  As I heard more I thought it was something I may want to try out.  I never got right on it, but when the Groupon appeared, I decided to buy it and finally give it a shot.

So, what is this CrossFit you ask?
"CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide."     -
Wanting to experience "all the rage" for myself, I signed up for 10 classes and encouraged a few friends to do the same.  Before you actually take the class it is required to take an "intro"class so you can learn the CrossFit basics.  Like, how to do a squat going all the way down past 90 degrees as well as a push up and burpee where your hips hit the ground as opposed to holding proper form with controlled movement. We even practiced a little box jumping, to which I just stepped up the 12 inches instead of hopped as instructed. I am not a jumper and am not going to pretend to be; I have always been "hopless", ask my high school volleyball coach. I wanted to save myself the broken nose when I ate it, which I surely would have. The owner went over the basics and what a "no rep" meant, (when you do the exercise wrong and therefore do not get to count it in your set) with myself and 50 other people, so I listened intently trying to hear what I could.

After just the intro class and seeing a real class take place simultaneously I wasn't sure this was for me.  Despite loving competition and a good screaming at, I just couldn't wrap my head around the form and moves that were being taught.  As a personal trainer and non-experienced CrossFitter, the verdict for me is still out.  I have seen some amazing bodies post CrossFit and I have also heard of some pretty painful injuries.  Regardless of the lovers or haters out there, each person I have spoken to about this new exercise trend says it all depends on the facility and trainers.  So, I guess I will have to give it a real go and just hope my already injured knees and shoulders don't give out on me.

What about you?  Love CrossFit or is it just not for you?

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