CrossFit Misconceptions: Busting the Common Myths

4 CrossFit Myths Beginners Should Ignore

In just a few short years, CrossFit has become one of the world’s fastest-growing sports and has proven to be an effective training methodology for anyone regardless of age and fitness level. Moreover, there are more than 13,000 CrossFit gyms operating worldwide thanks to the popularity of the CrossFit Games. 

Still, there is no denying that CrossFit has been slammed by critics before it even steps foot in the fitness industry. However, once a person has participated in a CrossFit workout, these fears disappear. But sadly, proving to people who could benefit from CrossFit their fears are unfounded is an uphill battle.

Hence, in the spirit of giving someone considering CrossFit peace of mind, here are some most common CrossFit myths and their debunking.

Myth #1: You need to be In shape to do CrossFit 

It is absolutely not true that you need to be in shape to do Crossfit. Also in CrossFit, it is not mandatory to have athletic experience, nor is it necessary to be physically fit and “in shape” for an affiliate. Additionally, the myth that “I have to train before I try CrossFit” is prevalent among the masses. There’s probably no truth to that. 

Because in CrossFit, each workout is scalable to the ability level of each of its members. For instance, In Crossfit, new members who lack the ability to do strict pull-ups can scale up to jumping pull-ups or banded pull-ups. Or It’s fine to use lighter weights or reduce reps if someone isn’t comfortable doing a certain load or rep scheme. 

Due to CrossFit’s remarkable scalability and almost infinite movement combinations, athletes of all backgrounds either old and young, overweight or underweight-anyone can participate and achieve their goals. 

Myth #2: CrossFit Is Dangerous 

“CrossFit is dangerous; it leads to many injuries.” There has been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding this CrossFit myth. However, the answer to this is -No! The only thing that makes CrossFit dangerous is if you don’t listen to and absorb the advice of your coach or professional trainer. 

The risk of injury comes with every sport, but that’s just the way it is. As long as you learn and practice the techniques for each exercise that makes up the varied CrossFit workouts, you should not find it challenging. You can develop a solid foundation in all areas and scale up from there to avoid injuries. 

Moreover, every athlete, regardless of their sport, cannot train 100% every day, so CrossFit’s intensity is important to avoid mishaps and injuries, but it’s not everything. In addition, research suggests that the injury rates for CrossFit are comparable to or less than those of sports like gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting – far less than many people think. [1]

Myth #3: CrossFit Is Only For Younger People 

“Crossfit is only for young people, I’m too old to do it” is another myth about Crossfit. Even though it’s true that athletes in their 20s and early 30s are considered to be in their prime, however, every affiliate will have senior or older members working with their younger counterparts, achieving success with it.   

With CrossFit programming’s scalability, and adaptability to its members, older athletes (range of motion, mobility, joint and health issues) can be given specific attention, and workouts can be adjusted so they are able to exercise at a high intensity (relative to them) while remaining safe with their training.  

Moreover, if you need more proof that older people can excel at CrossFit, consider the fact that the CrossFit Games are the only sporting competition in the world that includes age divisions for Teens (14-15, 16-16) and Masters (60+) as well as divisions for individual men, women, and teams. Since every movement can be scaled, CrossFit is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Myth # 4: CrossFit Is A Fad And Not A Sustainable Form Of Exercise 

CrossFit is often viewed as a fitness fad that will go out of style once people move on to something new, similar to the demise of P90X or Jazzercise. But In reality, the evidence indicates a different story. In the decade since the first CrossFit gym opened in 2002, the affiliate network has grown exponentially, with thousands of CrossFit gyms worldwide. 

Furthermore, the CrossFit Games are sponsored by Reebok and broadcast by ESPN, which helps to bring CrossFit to new audiences around the world, which in turn leads to more people joining CrossFit gyms and giving it a try, leading to the continuous growth of CrossFit around the world. 

In addition, the best thing about Crossfit is, it puts a lot of emphasis on form. [2] Interested in getting the most from your workout? Practice good form. Do you want to keep your muscles from getting sore and injured? Practice good form. Want to improve on your times? You already know the answer and it involves your form. Thus, Crossfit is not just a trend but a sustainable exercise method.

Conclusion 

Performing Crossfit workout strengthens your body, mind, and overall health while also boosting your self-confidence. The benefits of Crossfit go far beyond just getting in your daily workout. So, If you want a real lifestyle change, give Crossfit a try. However, as can be seen with healthy behaviors, exercise programs can also become dangerous if not handled carefully. Moreover, keeping up with a fitness routine requires extra motivation and consistency-and that’s how anything works.

Hopefully, this article has cleared up a few of your biggest misconceptions about Crossfit. So, before relying on various myths, try CrossFit in a certified club or at least with a trainer for a month before believing them. During this period with Crossfit, you won’t have to worry about anything bad happening to you, and you will likely enjoy your fitness journey with all positivity around.


References 

  1. Feito, Y., Burrows, E. K., & Tabb, L. P. (2018). A 4-Year Analysis of the Incidence of Injuries Among CrossFit-Trained Participants. Orthopedic journal of sports medicine, 6(10), 2325967118803100. 
  1. Barfield J., Anderson A. (2014) Effect of CrossFit on health-related physical fitness: A pilot study. Journal of Sport and Human Performance, 2(1), 23–28.