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The Real Reason Why CrossFit Works

CrossFit Redux - Concord, CA. The Real Reason CrossFit Works

If you know anything about how CrossFit works, you know that it breeds a lot of people that are in-shape. Well, at least they look in-shape. Especially because ESPN airs the “in-shape Olympics” every summer called The CrossFit Games.

The CrossFit Games athletes, just like any other professional athlete, put in a ton of hard work to hopefully be crowned the fittest man and woman on the planet.

This is one example of how CrossFit works.

But it’s not necessarily a good one.

All you’re seeing is the finished product of calculated training for the top 1% that will make it. If you’re an everyday CrossFitter, like 95% of the population, then you’ll need to understand why CrossFit works.

Why CrossFit Works

CrossFit has gotten a bad rap for causing too many injuries. Yes, injuries can and will happen.

But the biggest reason CrossFit works is that it exposes you to to a full range of motion throughout movements. This is the full range of motion that the human body should have.

As we get older, if we don’t keep moving, then proper joint function will start to deteriorate. We lose proper connections throughout the body. And without out the proper connections, we are no longer able to do a basic squat, push, or pull using only our body-weight.

When you use a machine, often found in regular gyms, it does not expose any issues because you’re only moving in the range of motion of the machine. Your body is not forced to stabilize or adapt. If it gets hard, you just stop.

Comparing Kills

What you need to realize and understand is that the grass roots of CrossFit is all about moving efficiently in the gym so you’re better outside of the gym. This will be different for everyone and, by no means, should you get caught up in comparing your journey to someone else’s.

I realize how hard that is because of everyone’s internal drive to be the best or to be noticed for doing well. It’s human nature to want to be noticed for doing a good job. But when it comes to training, you have to focus 100% on what you want out of it.

The first thing you have to do is come to some sort of personal acceptance. There are a number of factors that play a role in whether you stick with a workout program like CrossFit.

Your body, and especially your mind, need to be challenged! If you have never worked out, it’s safe to say that your body has no idea what a full squat or push-up feels like. Your mind is constantly mapping what it is that your body is doing. In the case of starting CrossFit, your mind is trying to map out a new challenge.

This is not going to be easy. But neither will getting off the couch as you get older if you decide not to workout.Dave Gonzalez

The second thing you have to do is show up. You don’t get good at anything in life if you quit just because it got hard. If you want results, then whatever you’re doing needs to be hard.

You may not be able to control the difficulty, but you can control the intensity. Not every workout you do should be in that “high intensity” range.

Consistency is Key

Consistency will make the biggest difference. Intensity will follow as you get more and more comfortable. But consistency is, by far, the most important.

You cannot have it the other way around. Intensity does you no good if you only do it once in a while. Your body should move through a full range of motion often. Ideally every day.

With the business of life, though, that can be difficult for most people. Especially if you sit all day.

But . . . that’s even more of a reason to start CrossFit and get your body moving the way it was designed to!

How do you know you’re ready for CrossFit? Click here to find out.

If you still have any questions about if CrossFit works for you or how to find the right gym, please share in the comments below.

And as always, thank you for reading! 🙂

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Dave Gonzalez

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Whatever your name is, I'm the guy yelling it when you come in for class. I love what I do and I love sharing my knowledge of CrossFit and functional movement with every class that I coach, clinic that I run, and blog that I write.

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