Thousands of people around the world swear by CrossFit as being the best of all fitness programs. They love their workouts and everyone in their community supports and motivates each other during the grueling training sessions.
Make no mistake about it. CrossFit is one of the toughest training programs out there. The workouts focus on speed and use a combination of cardio and resistance training at the same time. This is what makes CrossFit so challenging.
Traditional training methods such as bodybuilding or running only focuses on one aspect of training. Bodybuilding is focused on resistance training while running is primarily a cardio session with some muscle work in the legs.
However, a typical CrossFit workout uses box jumps, burpees, deadlifts, kettlebell snatches, sprints, etc. All of these are done as fast as possible. The goal here is to get as much work done in the shortest possible time. Since the workouts are executed so intensely, the entire session becomes a cardio session using resistance training. Isn’t that awesome?
Let’s look at 5 benefits you will derive from CrossFit.
1. Weight loss
Struggling to lose weight? CrossFit has your name written all over it. The intense workouts will have you gasping for air. This translates to rapid fat burning and also a boost in your metabolic rate. You will be on calorie burning mode for 12 to 14 hours after your workout, depending on how intense it was.
2. Muscle growth / Toned muscles
The resistance training will tone up your muscle. As you lose the fat, your body will look toned and the jiggly bits that used to be the bane of your existence will melt away revealing a sinewy or svelte body, depending on your gender. CrossFit has caused thousands of people to have fantastic body transformations.
3. Increased strength, stamina and energy
This is expected. Your fitness level will improve by leaps and bounds with CrossFit. As long as you are giving it your best, these positive results are inevitable.
When you see yourself improving and you motivate yourself to keep beating your personal bests, you will develop a sense of inner confidence that is unparalleled. You know that you are capable of great things and that you have motivated yourself to stay the course. This sense of confidence is priceless.
5. Make exercise and proper nutrition a habit
CrossFit is more than just a training program. It is a lifestyle. It takes a lot of will power to stick with CrossFit since it is so challenging. Many people who try it give up. However, those who stick with it for 2 to 3 months will notice just how beneficial it is.
Once you see your excess fat disappearing and your muscles starting to show, you will be motivated and look forward to each CrossFit workout with excitement and dread at the same time. This is normal. You dread the torture but you know that your body will thank you for it.
Many people who do CrossFit also go on a Paleo or Zone diet to accelerate their progress. At the very least, they try to eat healthy so as not to negate their workout efforts. A CrossFit workout is just too tiring to sabotage with a slice of cheesecake.
With time, you will inculcate the habit of regular exercise and good, clean nutrition. It will usually be a slow, gradual process. When you look back on your life after 3 to 5 months of CrossFit and see how far you’ve come, you will thank yourself for starting CrossFit.