What You Need to Know Before Trying Crossfit

Crossfit has been a popular workout for more than a year now, and it looks like this fitness trend is here to stay. What people love about Crossfit is that the workouts are short and heart-pounding, all while promoting a sense of community. Let’s not forget the amazing results that some people are seeing.

Here’s what you really need to know before you jump on the Crossfit wagon.

It’s Not for Everyone

A huge selling point of Crossfit is that anyone can do it. While anyone can do Crossfit, it does not mean that everyone should. It is a high-intensity style of workout that is not suitable for those with joint problems or individuals that need low-impact workouts. Also, if you do not enjoy doing Crossfit, then it is obviously not the ideal workout for you. Instead, you will more likely stick to a workout that you love to do.

Find a Good Coach

A good coach will make or ruin your Crossfit experience. Before you join a Crossfit gym, known as a box, be sure to put in some time researching. You want a coach that has experience and one that knows how to help newbies workout safely.

Injuries Can Happen

Any type of exercise has a risk of injuries. Crossfit has a risk for potential injuries when crossfitters do too much at the beginning. If you are new to working out, then you shouldn’t go straight into heavy lifting or swinging heavy kettle bells. Also, not using proper form while doing Crossfit can lead to muscle strains and pain. A good coach will help prevent these injuries, which is why a good coach is a necessity if you do want to do Crossfit.

Most Crossfitters are Women

If you are a woman who is intimidated to start Crossfit, then rest assured. Over 60 percent of the Crossfit population is women. Don’t feel like you will be entering a man’s sport, if you are a woman. If you are a man, know that you will feel comfortable at a Crossfit class too.

Crossfit Can Cost More

Sometimes a membership for a Crossfit class can be pricier than a gym membership. However, know that coaches and trainers at a Crossfit box are spending more one-on-one time with you then instructors usually spend with their gym members.

If you are unsure whether Crossfit is for you, try out a class or two. You may find that you love this style of workout more than you thought.

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