CrossFit is one of the most popular fitness programs today. It’s popularity is growing rapidly due to its incredible results. You may have heard about it before, but if not, here are some facts:
It was founded in 2004 by Greg Glassman and Mike Bickle (who were both former college football players). They had been competing in other strength training competitions together since 2005, when they met at a meet while working out with their friends.
The program consists of several exercises performed in various ways. Each exercise is designed to target different muscles or parts of your body. These movements are repeated until exhaustion.
You perform these exercises repeatedly over time, which leads to increased muscle size and strength. It’s like building up a muscle; however, instead of using weights, you use your own body weight during each repetition. You’re trying to build endurance through repetitive activity such as running or lifting weights.
While CrossFit has gained a lot of attention, there are many skeptics. Some say that CrossFit isn’t real fitness because it doesn’t involve any actual physical activity. Others believe that it’s dangerous and causes injuries. Still others think that it’s just another fad diet.
However, the truth is somewhere in between all those opinions. CrossFit does lead to significant weight loss, but it’s still important to maintain a proper diet. It isn’t any more dangerous than any other kind of exercise, but it’s still important to consult with a doctor before starting a new fitness routine.
Furthermore, CrossFit is here to stay because it actually works. So if you’ve been thinking about trying it out, now’s the perfect time!
CrossFit can be intimidating for people who have never done it before. However, once you start working with a coach, it’s easy to get used to the routines. There are some great benefits to doing CrossFit and many people all over the world have experienced them first hand.
Below are just some of the benefits you can experience when you choose to do CrossFit.
Better Physical Shape
Obviously the main reason that people take up CrossFit is to get in better physical shape. And it can help you achieve just that. It’s great for building endurance, strength and flexibility all at the same time. You’ll notice an improvement in your endurance levels almost immediately and your strength will increase over time as well.
You can CrossFit at any level, whether you’re a beginner or an athlete. It’s also a great way to stay in shape if you’re already in good physical condition.
Helps Prevent Injury
Another really great benefit to CrossFit is that it helps prevent injuries. This is especially true if you play a sport, as it gives your body a well-rounded workout. If you already have an injury and are worried about it flaring up again, CrossFit can actually help you with that too.
This type of exercise reduces the risk of injury because it strengthens your tendons and ligaments to prevent tearing. If you want to get the most out of your CrossFit routine, it’s important to warm up before and after you exercise and cool down afterwards.
Easier to Maintain Weight Loss
One of the biggest benefits to CrossFit is that it’s easier to maintain your weight loss. This is because it boosts your metabolism and keeps you burning more calories than you were before. This allows you to eat a little more than you normally would without gaining weight. Of course, this will vary from person to person.
However, if you do overeat, you’ll notice that it takes a lot more to gain weight. It’s also harder to build up a tolerance for the exercises, so your performance won’t suffer.
Prevents Age-Related Weakness
When we get older, our bodies start to weaken in certain ways. Our reflexes slow down, we lose our flexibility and we find it harder to maintain the strength that we once had in our youth. Luckily, CrossFit can help to prevent these things from happening as quickly.
While of course, it isn’t a replacement for getting older, CrossFit can certainly help you stay fit for longer. This is especially true if you start when you’re younger. Even if you start in your 30s or 40s, you’ll still be better off than most people your age.
These are just some of the benefits that you can experience when doing CrossFit on a regular basis.
So if you’ve been on the fence about trying CrossFit for yourself, there really isn’t any reason for you to not at least give it a try!
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