Part One of The Six Biggest Misconceptions of CrossFit Training.
By: Aaron Brewer
I have ready many articles that list the misconceptions of CrossFit. Most of these articles contain the same information within their lists of the top five or top ten myths or misconceptions. So, I wanted to be unique (unique New York) and write my own blog on the six biggest misconceptions of CrossFit. Why six? Well, because five wasn’t enough and ten was reaching.
In all actuality, it is because we asked our athletes at 734 Strength what was the biggest misconception that they had before starting their fitness journey with us and how did we help debunk that myth. So here are the bottom three according to our athletes and professional experiences.
- CrossFit Is Too Intense and Too Competitive
“ I think both within and outside of CrossFit there is also a myth/habit to look at numbers to determine how “good” you are. But reality is, the quantity you push yourself is the biggest determining factor in your trajectory. And I think that’s the only quantity that you’ll remember in the long run.” -Lubna
There is an intensity element involved in the CrossFit training model. It is a very crucial element that helps produce results. It is one reason why this training is so effective. With that said intensity should be the last thing introduced in training. Our main objective as coaches is to teach mechanics of movement. Then we require you to be consistent with those mechanics. Then and only then do we begin to introduce some intensity. Intensity can be added by increasing the weight lifted, by increasing the range of motion and by increasing the volume (total reps).
If you are a competitive person then you may struggle at first. Toning down ego is a hard thing to do for some people. An example of this is a man being out lifted by a woman. This happens a lot at 734 Strength. I’ve had potential members quit because they couldn’t handle that a girl was stronger than they were.
The only competition that we condone is with yourself. We want you to challenge yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Compete to get better and more fit each time you step in the box. Amazing things happen when you are uncomfortable. I have witnessed it happen countless times.
- CrossFit Is Too Expensive
At first glance a CrossFit membership does seem expensive, but its worth every penny (not a cheesy sales pitch). And to be honest a lot of people can’t afford to train at a CrossFit box, which is understandable and I get that. There has been times in my life that I would not have been able to afford a CrossFit membership. But don’t confuse expensive with overpriced. The training that we provide is worth well above what most CrossFit boxes charge.
To give you a better understanding lets breakdown down what MOST (remember that all CrossFit boxes are not the same) CrossFit memberships include for $150-200 per month (on average $10 per visit)
- certified/degreed coaches with knowledge of proper lifting technique and exercise science. All classes are led by a coach to ensure safety and effectiveness
- a highly structured and science based training regimen
- access to the best functional training equipment around (you wont find our equipment at a traditional gym)
- a very positive and social atmosphere with people that have the same goals and drive as you
- a majority or CrossFit boxes also have specialty classes. Such as yoga and barbell club. We also offer a class coached by a Physical Therapist.
- nutritional guidance
When you take into account the level of training and services that you receive for the price you can easily see it’s worth the money. A lot of people will however say that even though they know it’s worth the money they still do not have the extra money to spend. That same person will turn around and tell me that they stop at Starbucks daily and go out to dinner two times per week. So really a lot of people do have the money but their health isn’t a priority. Fitness just isn’t important enough to give up the other things they enjoy.
- CrossFit for general population is what you see on ESPN at the CrossFit Games
“There is no way I can do that crazy stuff that I see those athletes doing on ESPN”
I will touch on this a bit more for number three. However, the media hasn’t done a very good job until just recently to show the common everyday person participating in CrossFit training (there are some awesome videos out right now from CrossFit). The truth is that CrossFit was created for the general population (you and me). It was created to make people more fit. It was created to teach people how to move the way we are intended to from birth. It was created to help erase awful diseases that are avoidable. It was created to develop amazing communities of fitness. All of those are still very true today. You just wont experience any of what I just listed until you give it a shot. The most amazing things about CrossFit training cant be watched on TV or read in a blog. You have to witness this in person and be a part of it to truly feel it.
The athletes that you see at the CrossFit Games are professional athletes. They get paid to train and compete. They are the 1% of people who represent CrossFit. So to compare what we do on a daily basis to what you see on ESPN isn’t a fair comparison at all.
I can tell you with all honesty that I design the training regimen at 734 for the 99% of us who just want to be fit, improve our health and enjoy training alongside likeminded people. #strengthinnumbers
Thanks for taking the time to read Part One! I truly appreciate it. Next week I will release the top three. If you have any questions regarding any of the blogs that we post please do not hesitate to shoot us an email. We love to answer questions. We are all exercise science geeks.
Yours In Fitness,
734 Strength & Performance