By: Aaron Brewer
In Part One of The Six Misconceptions of CrossFit we went over the bottom three. So here you are… back to examine the top three. I know the suspense was eating away at your soul. So if you haven’t read part one please do so. The link is at the very end.
I feel like I should have Elvis’ entrance music playing to add to the suspense. If you don’t know what I am talking about shame on you! Go listen to some Elvis after reading this blog.
Here they are….the Top Three Misconceptions through the eyes of the members of 734 Strength
3. Girls Shouldn’t Do CrossFit or Girls Who Do CrossFit Look Like Men”
“Misconception: CrossFit was all super intense, annoying hyper-masculine dudes throwing weights and tires around.
My 734 reality: Our gym (and many) actually has a greater female membership population than males. And also that in this type of training, gender doesn’t assign you to a certain role. You can be yourself, be strong and make your life better and still contribute your character and your personality into the gym while being welcomed and supported.” -Julie
I get told often by girls “but I don’t want to look bulky and get big muscles”. My question back to them is normally “Why?” Generally they do not have a reason. Well in my opinion, it’s because the media and society has painted this picture of the way a woman should look and it is BS. The truth is this…a muscle will only grow to the level at which is stimulated, broken down and repaired. So, if one person trains two times per day and five days per week of course their muscles are going to be larger than a person who trains one time per day and three days per week. That makes sense right? The other issue is a lot of girls see the girls who make it to the CrossFit games. So, instantly they relate that to girls who train for general fitness. There is a HUGE difference between the two as I explained in my number four misconception. I honestly get upset and angry when I hear that girls shouldn’t lift weights or do CrossFit and no one can ever supply me with a good scientific reason why. But if those same people knew all the benefits of weightlifting and CrossFit for women maybe they would reconsider their view point. For example: improved bone mineral density or a lower risk of heart disease. Both benefits are extremely important for everyone but even more for a woman
2. CrossFit Is Bad For You or You Will Get Hurt Doing CrossFit
“The misconception that is bad for you, that you’ll get injured or end up in the hospital. There are no more injuries in crossfit than any other sport. I feel I am at less risk for injury due to proper coaching and scaling. I have had knee issues since high school and at 42 have been able to improve my strength and knee stability while avoiding certain movements that may increase risks for injury. Crossfit coaches at 734 are aware of my individual’s needs and look out for me.” -Kevin
“ I got more injured falling down the stairs last week than I have in 3 years of CrossFit. And the joint stability I have from Aaron’s strength & conditioning-infused CrossFit programming (and yoga) likely prevented me from blowing out my knee, ankle, back etc in that fall. Why grandmas, 34 year olds, and everyone alike should train to move well.” -Julie
This misconception is generally driven by false rumors. I bet you yourself have heard from your sister’s friend’s second cousin that they knew a guy that got hurt doing CrossFit. Maybe it’s true, maybe they did know a guy that got hurt doing CrossFit. But what were the variables involved in that injury? Was he training at an affiliate where they don’t require all of their members to go through some type of beginner program? Was he lifting a lot more weight than what he was capable of because a girl next to him was lifting more (ego)? See these are just a couple of variables that can cause injury at a CrossFit affiliate. You need to try to keep in mind that all CrossFit affiliates are independently owned and operated. So just because you heard a horror story about CrossFit WhateverTown doesn’t mean that all the others are going to put you in a position to get hurt. Here are some tips for you when looking for a CrossFit box
- Do they have a foundations or on-ramp program? If not find one that does.
- Do their coaches have a background in exercise science or coaching? If not find one who’s does.
- Do an intro session at more than one CrossFit box. Find the one that makes you feel welcome and safe
- Ask them what their training philosophy is and also their programming goals for their members. They should be able to tell you this without hesitation.
I can confidently tell you that I have seen more injuries from runners than I have from CrossFit. Also, yes you always have a risk of getting hurt when you train hard, but isn’t that better than sitting on your couch and doing nothing for your health?
And the number one misconception of CrossFit is………………
- You Need To Get Into “Shape” Before Starting CrossFit
“That you have to be a certain size or age to do it. Some might think they are too old. I’m 40 and I’m doing it. Or they think they are too small and weak. Or in my case that they are too overweight to participate. That is what held me back for awhile until I decided to do it. Yes somethings are harder for me to do, but with practice and effort they are becoming easier. I’m not seeing perfection, but I am seeing progress.”
For the love of all that’s holy……NO. NO. NO. You need to reverse your thinking. This is what you need to think to yourself “I need to start CrossFit to get into shape”. CrossFit has transformed the lives of thousands and thousands of people. We have helped members get rid of high blood pressure, diabetes medications, squashed obesity, reduced their risks for strokes and heart attacks. With all of those things that we can help you avoid and overcome…why in the hell would you wait? I will give you a couple of seconds to think about that………………………
What’s your excuse now?
One more thing, one of the most amazing things about CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable to any age, weight, height and many other limitations. You will not be expected to do the same weight or volume as a twenty year old who has been doing CrossFit for a year until you are ready for that ( and you will ready for that a lot sooner than your mind is telling you)
I have worked in the fitness industry for 12 years now ( Damn I feel old) and I have not witnessed anything remotely close to what CrossFit can do for a person and a community. It is honestly almost hard to believe until you experience it. So you can read all the blogs you want and listen to all of the people who are going to tell you how dangerous it is or how amazing it is, but until you step foot into a CrossFit box you will never truly know. So I challenge you to call a local CrossFit and do a free into….it just might change your life forever.
Thanks for reading. I really appreciate you taking the time to do so
Yours In Fitness,