CrossFit: a fad or here to stay?
CrossFit is a fitness trend that dates back to the early 2000s but has become more mainstream over recent years. The word actually incorporates both the type of physical training and the name of the competition that ensued from it. There are many different training styles and exercises that make up CrossFit training. Workouts include calisthenics, plyometrics, high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, powerlifting, and many more.
The prime idea of CrossFit is variation. You’re working your muscles with different exercises, you’re working them from different angles, and you’re using different equipment all the time. Although there are a lot of different programs, varying from country to country and gym to gym, the ideology remains the same.
There have been many contradictions regarding CrossFit and it’s health and fitness benefits. Some researchers say that the dangers outweigh the benefits. Others say that the risk of injury is higher than that of normal training. There are so many people using CrossFit training on a daily basis that you can’t help but think about starting to use it yourself. But is it here to stay? Or is it just a fad? Opinions seem to be weighted heavily to either side.
The social aspects are unrivalled
CrossFit is promoted as very social and setup is almost like a family which has enhanced its reach. People train together, compete together, and push themselves and their friends to new levels. And that’s probably the most important advantage it has over other forms of training. Competitive training builds more muscle, faster. Another important aspect is that the class aspect helps to produce more consistent training in people, which provides better, faster results, boosting self-esteem of individuals who have not stuck to previous lone regimes.
Being based around a community of trainers and trainees, CrossFit actually makes it very easy for beginners to start a program and keep up with it until the end. Most of the time you’ll be using simple equipment, such as dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, pull-up bars, etc. There’s no need for complex equipment or expensive machines to train hard, and that’s another big plus. There’s such a large variety of training programs that it makes it almost impossible not to find the one that’s best suited for your lifestyle and fitness level and experience.
If they build it, you will go!
The fact that there are specialized CrossFit gyms all over the country is a sign that the ideology is here to stay. But it also means that when you enter a gym, you enter a community. And that community is there to give you advice and push your limits. Besides normal training, there are hundreds of casual competitions held at every gym, where members compete with each other for recognition. And that’s something everyone that’s ever tried something strives for. And then there are the formal CrossFit competitions that bring out the best of the best from each gym.
The future looks bright for Crossfit
Although still a matter of opinion, We believe that CrossFit is here to stay. And its member base is going to grow exponentially in the next few years. And that’s because besides offering good physical training, it also has a social side that helps improve the quantity and quality of your training.
What are your views and experience with CrossFit training?