Over the years, I’ve seen many fitness fads come and go. When the CrossFit program came to light, I was intrigued at the level of attention it got, so I decided to give it a try to spike my fitness progression toward a newer, healthier me.
CrossFit is a program that enhances your total body fitness instead of just working out specific parts. The scalable regimens are made for any type of person and include things like strength, agility, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and more. While I didn’t stay with the CrossFit program for more than a year, here are some pros and cons you should consider when deciding if this method of exercise is right for you.
- It’s Trainer Led– One of the great things about working out in a CrossFit program is that you will be led by a certified trainer. My trainer was very helpful and a good motivator who kept me pushing my limits and building new good habits as time went on.
- Total Body Fitness– Since most people, like myself, don’t effectively know how to implement a workout for total body fitness, it’s good that they teach you the benefits of a well rounded routine. Most people will go to the gym and work on certain parts of their body that they want to see change but then skip over other components that they need. CrossFit works to encompass a total body workout.
- Feel Good Comes Before Looking Good– In this program, you learn that while most people go to the gym to look good, there are way more underrated benefits to feeling good. The balanced fitness program will improve your real world life and not just your looks. Whether it’s just walking up stairs or even playing with your kids without losing your breath, you’ll enjoy the healthy crossover into your everyday life.
- Get The Best Method– The CrossFit programs are constantly modded and upgraded. Over the time I was there, I was introduced to at least a dozen new workout methods that were not previously part of my routine. This kept things interesting while building my new body.
- Community– The workout routine you establish with your trainer is progressive and free from the usual gym stigma. As you chart your progress, it’s cool to see the progress of others around you. From the first day I stepped in the gym both trainers and other attendees were accommodating and supportive, giving the program a good sense of community.
- Steep Learning Curve– While it is nice to see a upward curve in your progress, CrossFit wants you to keep on that rise of consistent activity. After only two months they had me, someone who couldn’t lift 100 pounds at the start, trying to lift around 200 pounds far before I felt ready.
- Not All Trainers Work– While I was fairly lucky and had great help through my two trainers in my time at CrossFit, many people I talked to did not have the same good words to say about theirs. When taking your health advice from someone else you get information that they have learned, been taught, and believe. This makes every trainer different and sometimes not a good fit.
- It Could Be Dangerous– One of the things that bothered me the most was the extensive waiver that I had to sign to join the program. They recognize that the level of injury risk is higher than your average gym or work out routine.
- False Hopes– While it’s often viewed as the total workout solution that can do whatever you need it to do, I found that it isn’t everything you need. Depending on your personal goals, more or less of a certain thing may be needed for success. While I was getting a complete workout, I was slowing my progress on the specific parts of my body I wanted to work on.
When it comes down to it, you are the only person who can decide the CrossFit program is for you. After about a year in the program, I decided to take my new found fitness knowledge and go back to my normal gym. I still implement some of the techniques in my routine but overall the total body workout and often complex routines were not for me.