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It’s always difficult to start a new fitness plan. Are you thinking of using CrossFit as a way to get or stay fit? Here are some motivating points that might help you make your decision.
1) It’s a jumpstart
CrossFit participants are challenged from the very first workout. In the first few weeks, people move muscles they didn’t know they had and exert more energy than usual. While you should never go beyond your personal limits, CrossFit training encourages even its newest participants to challenge themselves and go beyond what they think they are capable of. While this may seem intimidating to some, many find it extremely motivating, especially considering that…
2) It’s group-based
If you opt to join a CrossFit gym, your WODS (Workouts of the Day) are often supervised by a personal trainer or done in a group setting. The communal atmosphere of a CrossFit training program minimizes feelings of isolation or boredom that can often creep in with most workout regimens. This is crucial, since studies have shown that working out in groups often achieves a higher calorie burn than doing so alone, and people tend to stick to group-based fitness programs longer than individual plans.
3) It focuses on overall fitness
You won’t become a marathon runner with CrossFit alone, and you won’t turn into a triathlete or Olympic weight lifter. But you will achieve a significantly higher level of overall fitness, because CrossFit involves a variety of cardio, core and weight-lifting exercises. For most people, this is an ideal way to gain or maintain a high level of fitness. CrossFit helps people train themselves in a variety of areas and to become generally stronger.
4) It is both structured and spontaneous
The staple of CrossFit is the Workout of the Day (WOD) – a workout that varies in length and intensity but that nonetheless helps promote workout out as a daily routine. To stick to a long-term fitness goal, most people need make working out a habit—something they do every day, or nearly every day, without spending a lot of time deciding or thinking about it. For some people, however, the habitual nature of working out becomes stale and boring. The WOD provides a balance between having a daily goal and keeping workouts new and exciting. Each WOD is unique, often involving alternating between various exercises quickly and varying the number of reps.
5) It’s goal-oriented
A large part of CrossFit rests on gauging one’s progress over time. WOD’s usually require counting the number of reps of a particular exercise that one is able to do in a concentrated time frame. Keeping track of these numbers is an exciting way to understand the changes that are taking place in your body, and a motivating factor in continuing to exercise. When you can see that all the time and energy spent in daily workouts are actually amounting to concrete improvements, you will be more likely to stick to your fitness goals and the steps necessary to achieve them.