It’s CrossFit and It’s Going to Hurt
By: Greg Glassman
Crossfitters are known for their high intensity workouts. They train with weights and other implements at a higher than average frequency. However, there is another side to the story that many don’t know about, namely how they train their minds. I have been doing Crossfit since 2008 when it was still called “The Biggest Loser.” I’ve trained some of the best athletes in the world, including Olympic gold medalists.
These athletes have gone from being couch potatoes to professional athletes.
What makes them so special?
Their mental toughness and focus.
I believe that Crossfit training is very effective because it helps develop your mind as well as your body. Many people think that if they do cardio or strength exercises, then they will get stronger and bigger muscles, but this isn’t necessarily true! If you want to build muscle, then you need to lift heavy things. You need to perform explosive movements like squats and deadlifts. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure goes up, and your energy levels go up.
But if you aren’t using proper form during these exercises, then you won’t get any benefit from them whatsoever!
If you’re not lifting anything heavier than a barbell or dumbbells while performing these exercises correctly, then nothing good happens! Your muscles don’t get stronger and you don’t get any more energy from your workouts. This is why it’s so important to lift properly, and this requires mental focus! If you’re doing a heavy deadlift or squat, then you need to focus on keeping good form when you’re picking up the weight.
If you have proper form, then the weight will feel lighter and easier to move. You need to keep this in mind when performing even the smallest reps during a workout. If you’re doing a bicep curl, then you don’t want to swing your body or use your legs to help you lift the weight. You want to try to do all the work with your arm so that it gets stronger and bigger. If you’re not focusing on proper form during a Crossfit workout, then your muscles won’t grow.
And if you don’t grow, then how are you ever going to become a champion?
I’ve trained a lot of other people, but I’ve never been able to train myself. I have to work with trainers to help me get stronger. But that’s probably because I don’t have as much time as the average person because I need to work on this business. But the workouts are grueling! You need exceptional mental focus and determination in order to make it through the training sessions and workouts. That’s why we have the best and the brightest working for us as coaches. They push you and make sure that you’re doing everything correctly so that you get the most benefit from your training sessions.
So what does all this have to do with Crossfit?
Well, everything! No matter how hard you try, if you don’t have proper form then you won’t get any benefit from your training sessions, which will just frustrate you. This is why so many people suffer from injuries or don’t see any gains in their training. They never quite know how to properly perform the right form for an exercise. And that’s where Crossfit comes in!
Crossfit training forces you to focus on proper form while you’re working out with heavy weights, which helps you build up your muscles and get a full-body workout. The coaches at my gym are Crossfit certified and have gone through a very grueling training to learn how to teach people the proper techniques for different exercises and movements. My coaches make sure that you’re performing everything correctly so that you get the most out of your training sessions.
So, if you don’t have the time to go to the gym or just want a different type of workout, then come on down to my gym! Here at Goodman’s Gym we offer something for everyone at a price that anyone can afford.
And who knows?
Maybe you could be the next person to come out of my gym and go on to win the Crossfit Games!
Owner, Goodman’s Gym
Sources & references used in this article:
The case files: CrossFit-induced carotid artery dissection by A Fox, A King – Emergency Medicine News, 2014 – journals.lww.com
The World of CrossFit by P DiPrimio – 2020 – books.google.com
It’s Time To Shut Up About Rounded-Back Deadlifts by JC Herz – 2015 – Harmony