When it comes to all-new workout, lots of people jump on the bandwagon to try it and see if it really works! CrossFit was no exception to this rule. Former gymnast Greg Glassman created this workout methodology of a high-intensity, constantly varied, functional movement exercise in 2001; and there are few criticisms out there. Those that end up “quitting” CrossFit after trying it for a while end up saying, “It just wasn’t for me.” As we know from being in the business of fitness, not each style of exercise is right for every person walking this earth. But what made them stop? Did they quit because of risks to CrossFit?
Precautions to take and avoid the risks to CrossFit
As with several high-intensity exercise programs, the biggest risk in CrossFit is getting injured. The movements in it reflect aspects of gymnastics, running, weightlifting, rowing, and more. The idea behind CrossFit is the following: the more work you do in less time (or the higher the power output), the more intense the effort. Though you may not being using weights, utilizing your own bodyweight for resistance can be difficult adjusting to at first. No wonder a gymnast created this type of workout.
How to avoid those injuries
- Let’s start at the very beginning: always warm up. For CrossFit, it’s best to start with a slow warm-up to avoid strained muscles.
- What you eat is what you get, so eat anti-inflammatory foods! These will not inflame your body tissues, which can reduce the potential of future injuries.
- Let’s move it, people! Make sure you stretch regularly. Try yoga when you’re not training! It will not only make you more flexible, but less prone to injuries.
- Rest and repeat. Allow yourself time to recover and rejuvenate your energy levels. This can help your performance levels overall. THEN REPEAT! Consistency is key with any aspect of one’s physical wellness. Persistence, patience, and pacing can truly go a long way.
- Know thyself. You know your body more than anyone else in this world. Don’t push yourself over a limit you know you have. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses, but do not compare yourself to others. Focus on your body. Listen to it, and don’t overextend it. You will improve with time.
CrossFit may not be right for everyone, but it can be exciting to find out what your body is capable of doing on its own. If you’re interested in taking a chance and trying it for a while, come on in! We’d love to help you and your fitness goals.