I write a lot about running and not so much about Crossfit. I love these two sports just the same but running is just so much easier to write about. Running is pretty accessible and relatively simple to get started with, compared to walking into a Crossfit gym and having NO idea about what is happening or what the equipment is or what all the lingo means! If you want to run, you can just download a Coach to 5km app, buy some good shoes & you’re good to go.
Also, running is a sport that most people know about and whether they personally love to run or not, most people understand how running could be enjoyable.
Now Crossfit, however, still is widely and hugely misunderstood. Having done it for almost 6 years now I can for certain tell you this:
- You totally don’t have to be already super fit to start doing Crossfit.
- You definitely won’t hurt yourself badly on a regular basis when you do Crossfit.
- It’s definitely not intimidating starting Crossfit, Crossfitters are super friendly and understanding of all fitness levels and abilities.
The public perception of Crossfit, however, is exactly the opposite of the above!
Plus the “Crossfit is crazy!” & “Crossfit is a cult!” thing.
I don’t know where that comes from but maybe from Crossfitters being by large very enthusiastic and excited about Crossfit and tend to ‘preach’ it a bit (as humans want to ‘preach’ about anything they are super passionate about).
I have written before how Crossfit is not exercise but at the same time it is – Crossfit is just exercise.
It’s a strength & conditioning exercise program that caters to ALL levels of fitness. Every lift and every movement has numerous possible variations and you do the one that suits you.
This is not often communicated well though from Crossfit’s side. Crossfit gyms often advertise themselves with photos of super ripped people doing muscle ups and handstand walks. Crossfit should definitely show a more diverse group of people on the websites of individual gyms or on social media channels.
The six packs will definitely draw in a certain crowd, but Crossfit is so much more than that. Many Crossfitters will never have a six pack, some will get it by “accident” as a side effect of having fun, but everyone who starts Crossfit will be a lot fitter, stronger, happier & more self confident than they were before. That is guaranteed.
Now another thing that puts people off Crossfit a bit is the price.
I myself would have never even looked Crossfit way 10 or 20 years ago. I simply did not have the money back then.
There are still plenty of gyms out there that offer you a monthly membership for £40 instead of the Crossfit’s £140, and lots of people just simply don’t understand how important a coach is that is not only knowledgeable, but has an actual interest in your health and fitness journey as an individual.
I’m lucky now to be able to afford it and actually doing 4 classes a week means that I pay less than £10 per class.
When you break it down like that – it’s not actually that expensive when you are a working adult.
Especially since for that money you get
- quality coaching
- great atmosphere
- new friends
- new skills
- new muscles
- new attitude towards your own body
Crossfit is not a gym where you pop in and out of classes and never see the same people or if you do, you don’t talk to them.
Crossfit is a place where you make friends, laugh a lot, learn a lot, challenge yourself a lot and walk out every day feeling like the biggest badass (and never once think about how many calories you burned!).
Even if the workout doesn’t “go your way” and you have a difficult session, you ALWAYS learn something about yourself and your body, and you will ALWAYS be proud of what your body can do.
This, my friends, is the true self empowerment & self love shizz that the masses are seeking.
Have you tried Crossfit? Have you heard about it? Does it scare you off? If so, why?
P.S. I’m not actually going to answer whether Crossfit makes you bulky. Seriously. I just don’t have the emotional energy to even go there ;P