CrossFit is a fitness company that has gained recognition for it’s very popular training programs, which combine explosive and high intensity exercises with a unique atmosphere and sense of community when compared to typical gyms. CrossFit is designed to be universally scalable, meaning that the exercises and routines are simple enough for any age or skill level to do while maintaining the ability to be altered or ramped up to challenge athletes at any level, claiming that “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.”
One of the cool parts about CrossFit is that it doesn’t really involve the use of any expensive equipment, making it very easy to do these workouts at home or anywhere you find convenient. This also presents a problem for CrossFit, as once you have a good feel for the different workouts, you realize you are only paying for the atmosphere and sense of community as the gyms are no longer a necessity to complete your workout routines when you can do them almost anywhere. This sense of community wasn’t enough for me to justify continuing as I was looking to get in shape, not make friends.
That being said, that sense of community and sometimes intense atmosphere can be immensely helpful for others in motivating them and keeping them interested in staying fit. The gyms themselves are also great ways to see and learn from others more experienced than yourself. Being surrounded by others can also spark a competitive edge, which can be used to fuel your workouts. For these reasons, I still recommend CrossFit to others, even though I stopped going to the gyms myself. After all, I was still able to learn lots of valuable information and exercises that I still use today.