Everything you think you know about this physical exercise philosophy is wrong. The Truth About CrossFit

by JD Hartwig

CrossFit makes you bulky. It’s too dangerous. It’s only for elite athletes. The skeptics are talking, and On The End CrossFit is happy to help set the record straight before you step into your first training gym (or box).

CROSSFIT CAN BE DANGEROUS & THERE’S A STRONG CHANCE I’LL GET INJURED

Let’s be honest, injuries are a part of every physical sport. But it’s not CrossFit that causes injuries. “Poor application of CrossFit methodology is what gets people hurt. That usually manifests from bad form and poor coaching. Many people want to jump in to the tough workouts, but it’s important to remember that one workout is not going to take you from coach potato to fitness model. Start slow, let your body recover, and stay consistent.”

“Most problems happen when you stop listening to your body. If something feels wrong, it’s hard for a trainer to know unless you say something. It’s okay to be uncomfortable, tired, and sore, but it’s not okay to compromise form just to hit a certain amount of reps.”

WOMEN THAT CROSSFIT WILL BECOME SUPER JACKED

“It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, gaining muscle is simply hard to do. To get ‘bulky’, you not only have to devote yourself to the gym but also your entire lifestyle to getting big. You don’t just wake up in the morning with ‘Popeye arms’ after a few weeks or months of heavy lifting.”

When you watch the CrossFit Games on TV or see a female athlete in a magazine, it’s reasonable to see why one might get a different impression though. But make note, these women are the top CrossFitters in the world , selected from a pool of hundreds of thousands of entries. They are at the top of their game. “Saying: I don’t want to lift because I’m afraid of looking like the girls on ESPN is like saying you don’t want to throw a football on Thanksgiving because you’re afraid it will turn you into Peyton Manning.”

Much like Peyton’s devotion to the passing game, “when you lift, you’re becoming a stronger, toner, healthier version of yourself. You’re not becoming unrecognizable though. You’re just expanding the ability of your body, becoming more fit.”

EVERYONE THAT DOES CROSSFIT IS EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE

CrossFit has always been known for its intensity. While it may seem like you’re going up against your classmates, the only person you need to be competing against is yourself.

“Intensity isn’t something you add right away though. At a good CrossFit box, your trainer will help you build a foundation first, teaching you technique and consistency. Once you’ve got those down, you can add the intensity.”

“Learning the difference between discomfort – which is common – and pain – which is uncommon and can be avoided – is part of the learning process when starting CrossFit. At On The End, we record all of your workouts, so you know exactly what goals you should be reaching towards. Focusing on your own challenges will help you stop comparing yourself to others and help you achieve new fitness heights.”

IF YOU START CROSSFIT, YOU’LL ALSO HAVE TO START A PALEO DIET

Following a paleo diet is a great way to change your eating habits and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle, but it’s not the be-all / end-all. The diet calls for eating a high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb diet rich in good fats. Healthy? Absolutely. But it may not be realistic nor the solution for everyone.

“Our box has around 150 members and out of those members, I would say less than 10% are on a strict paleo diet. While we know fueling your body is important, there is more than one right answer.”

It’s almost impossible to out work a poor diet. You can run, lift, and jump until you’re blue in the face and not see results until your eating habits match your work output. A paleo diet is simply another means to that end.

“You don’t have to change everything at once. Nutrition should be part of your lifestyle, not something you turn on for a month long challenge or when you’re planning a summer trip to the beach. Once it becomes part of your everyday life, you will start seeing lasting results.”

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO JOIN A CROSSFIT BOX WITHOUT ALREADY KNOWING HOW TO DO CROSSFIT

Your first time at a CrossFit box may feel like you’re walking into a poor man’s Olympic Village, but rest assure no one has more gold medals than you.

“Whether you’re looking to get off heart medication or compete in CrossFit, we’ve all got to start somewhere. At OTE we work incredibly hard to make sure we are using CrossFit as a tool to get each member closer to his or her individual goals. All of our members started CrossFit for a variety of reasons – look good naked, build confidence, train for a race or event – but everyone stays for the same reason: it works.”

“We also put you through a 101 Program consisting of 8 beginner classes. Once you’ve completed those, we’re off to the races.” This helps build a base for someone that is completely new to the sport.

“We hear the word ‘cult’ get tossed around a lot, but really it’s a community. We’ve had CrossFitters meet and become lifelong friends, others have met and gotten married. And that’s something to be proud of. Not only are we having a positive effect on members physical well being but also aspects of their lives that reach far beyond the gym.”