As I mentioned in a couple of recent posts, I’ve become a Crossfit Junkie. It’s an addiction…but a healthy one!!! It has been about a month and I already can’t imagine my life without it. I could write love songs and poems about Crossfit. Crossfit and my cat. And running and vegan food. And teaching Kindergarten. My five great passions 🙂 But back to Crossfit. Here are the benefits as I see them:
1. Working out with other people is just better. Human beings are social. Peer pressure is a strong motivator. You will work way harder because other people are watching. And it’s fun!
2. Along the same lines, you meet like-minded people and make new friends! Again, fun!
3. When somebody else (who knows what they are doing) is telling you what to do in your workouts, it’s more varied, more interesting, and a better more well-rounded program. It’s a research-based program that is designed to make you stronger & fitter & healthier and to constantly improve your performance.
4. Crossfit is SMARTR! At work we have been taught about SMARTR goals. These are the best kind of goals because they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-oriented and rigorous. Crossfit is all of those things. Every workout is specific and you measure it either by reps in a given time or time that you complete a certain amount of reps. It is attainable because every workout can be scaled to your level of fitness. You do what you can but push yourself. You lift more or less weight or modify an exercise you aren’t ready for yet. Eventually you want to do the prescribed workouts when you are ready. It is relevant because these are things our bodies are designed to do. Fitness is always relevant! All workouts are time-oriented and rigorous! In a more long-term sense you set goals for yourself. For example I want to be able to do do sets of 6 unbanded pull-ups. And I will 🙂 I’m on the red band now (the hardest one).
Don’t take my word for it. Google it! Try a class in your area! Most boxes (what they call the Crossfit gyms) offer free trials.