5 Reasons Why You Need CrossFit In Your Life

People familiar with CrossFit will understand the common dilemma that presents itself when someone says to you, “So what’s this CrossFit thing you keep talking about all the time?”

CrossFit is notoriously difficult to sum up in just a one sentence reply.

At its essence, CrossFit is simply constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity.  However, in reality, CrossFit is many things to many people.  But regardless of why people get involved or what keeps them coming back, I think there are 5 fundamental reasons why everybody needs some CrossFit in their lives.

The list below is an attempt to crystallise exactly why CrossFit is so great and why you need it in your life.

  1. You need functional capacity.  Of what use is your body if its not functional and capable?  Not much.  CrossFit strives to give you back your functionality.  Your body needs to move to be healthy and fit.  No other fitness program I know of places such a focus on having your body be a functionally capable tool.  And it makes sense.  After all, if the fitness you have is not functional, what is the point?
  2. Results based fitness.  The exercise prescriptions and nutritional guidance provided by the CrossFit community is based on the observation of the effect of those recommendations on real athletes over time.  Experimentation is the key.  Things that work are kept, things that don’t get chucked.  CrossFit works because it delivers results.
  3. The CrossFit community.  I can quite easily say that I’ve never encountered a community quite like CrossFit.  Forget the fact that just about everything CrossFit offers its community is free, that its international in its reach and that no other organisation has come close to pushing the frontier of exercise science as far forward as CrossFit.  More significant than all of that are the people who are at your local affiliate.  CrossFit members are supportive, driven and committed.  They help you and push you to get better.  The athletes themselves are more knowledgeable than 90% of the personal trainers you’ll encounter.
  4. Normal gyms are boring! Running on the treadmill for half an hour and trudging through your weights routine, 4 times a week, listening to your iPod is boring as bat shit.  Its dull, lifeless and unimaginative.  And that’s exactly why its such a pain in the ass trying to stay motivated with that garbage.  Do yourself a favour and try something different.  CrossFit is different every single day.
  5. It improves every aspect of your life, not just the physical.  There are two parts to this point.  The first one is obvious, the second is a little more profound.  The obvious part is that everything in your life is easier and more fun when you’re in great physical condition.  You’re energetic, motivated, confident and capable.  The deeper part is this.  CrossFit builds mental toughness, not just physical robustness.  You’ll find yourself in situations at CrossFit that test your mettle.  You’ll want to cheat.  You’ll want to quit.  You’ll want to cry, say you can’t do it, crawl up into a ball and piss your pants.  And that’s a good thing.  Better you find and push those boundaries in a controlled situation than when its crunch time in real life and find you’re not up to the task.  CrossFit builds mental champions, not just physical ones.

I’m one of those people that thinks CrossFit can suit everyone.  And it can – but many people are too closed minded, too afraid or too something-or-other to get into it just yet.  And that’s fine.  But the immortal words of Greg Glassman, “…our needs for fitness differ by degree, not kind…” still ring true and, someday, you’ll wake up and smell the Kool-Aid.

CrossFit will change your life.

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2 Responses to 5 Reasons Why You Need CrossFit In Your Life

  1. Rachel says:

    Greg Glassman is the main reason I refuse to have anything to do with Crossfit.

    He admits that his workouts can kill people, and apparently, sees nothing wrong with that.

    Please read this eye opening article from the NY Times before you continue to promote Crossfit as if it was something positive.

    Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all

  2. Mera says:

    , All women have insecurities, if sonomee says they don’t, they are lying. I am sure it is instinctual (how could it not be when all of us share the same trait?) ^ I’m *assuming* (I might just being seeing this through my feminist lens ) that K-Mac is referring to body/appearance insecurities. That being said, what I have to say is this:It is NOT instinctual. It is CULTURAL. Western women (or maybe it’s women from industrialized cultures? either way it’s ESPECIALLY bad in the U.S.) have been totally BRAINWASHED into micromanaging their appearances in a way that simply does not exist in less developed areas of the world. The media is to blame for this. Industry (beauty, diet, fashion, even fitness) is to blame for this. Pornography is to blame for this. Ubiquitous marketing is to blame for this.Telling hints:- Anorexia is a culture-specific syndrome that DOES NOT EXIST outside of the U.S. and a few highly developed European countries.- One study introduced American television into a tribal culture (can’t remember where) that otherwise had no media. After a mere 3 weeks, the rate of self-induced vomiting in the tribe’s women skyrocketed up something 30% (sorry I’m being sloppy with the details it was years ago that I learned about this research)- When questioned about their body satisfaction, 80% of African-American women indicated that they were satisfied with their bodies, compared to a paltry 11% of Caucasian women. Psychologists hypothesize that this is partly due to the different portrayals of AA and white women in American media ( curvy vs boyish bodies), as well as greater value being placed on curviness in AA culture (in general).- This is PURELY ANECDOTAL, but I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa a few years ago. Where I lived, men frequently said that all women are beautiful . Many thought it was ridiculous to compare them for this reason, even asserting that you simply cannot compare them. For them, volumptuosness was a status symbol that indicated wealth. Husbands liked to publicly point out their wives fatty spots with great pride! This meant that the husband took good care of this wife and gave her only the best fool to eat. It also indicated that the woman was fertile and would have many children (big families are another status symbol, as you have to have the resources to support everyone). African men used WOW! You are well-formed! accompanied by a stocky, pec-flexing gesture as a PICK-UP LINE, and the targeted women would giggle and blush. (Men said this to me all the time. It took forever to get used to it and truly FEEL it as a compliment.) Additionally, in what little media you came across (music videos in the local cinema or restaurant in the city, sparse billboards in the city, posters in little stores that came along with the products [like powdered milk or cookies]), EVERYONE was depicted. It didn’t matter what the person looked like. Skinny, fat, snaggly-toothed, whathaveyou. Normal people. Normal Africans. Hey, that’s what people look like! There was little attempt to portray anything besides reality real and simple.^ By the way, largeness/fatness in rural Africa is not uncommon by any means, especially among the women. (Men tend to be lean, but as we know the male body simply doesn’t store fat the way the female body does.) Ubiquitous scrawny, starving Africans is a total myth. (Malnutrition in Africa is a result of limited VARIETY of foods, partly due to harsh climates and partly due to a lack of interest/knowledge in/about optimal nutrition, not a question of abundance.) So it’s not valued simply because it’s unique or hard to come by. ANYHOO, the reason I wanted to say something was NOT to criticize or argue (I promise! I am writing this and loving you all!), but in the hopes that if women saw that this was a problem imposed on us from an external source, that it is our perfectly sane response to an insane context we could start to attack that parasite TOGETHER. I believe that is the only way it will ever go away. We have to reject the whole business en masse. We have to stop sanctioning the culture surrounding it. So hard, because when all you’ve experienced is *that* culture, you can’t see it. You can only see it from the outside looking in. (The whole fish in the water not knowing they are wet thing.) So hard. But so necessary.^ I think it is so, so dangerous for us to accept this whole business as instinctual , natural , normal , and/or just part of being a woman . It’s NOT. This is partly semantics, of course. You could say that it’s part of being an American woman, and that would totally change the tone, because it would point out that the problem is culture-specific. I know this sounds nit-picky, but I just think this is so important, because it helps us get our minds in the place they need to be to unite against the problem. The minute we accept it as just the way it is , we also accept that it can’t be changed (to some extent), which is disempowering. If we frame it as something temporary and changeable, we feel more in control, more empowered. This is totally what we need! 😉 SIDE NOTE Life changers:- Read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. It’s a bit old, and the writing can be hard to follow, but Wolf takes you on a historical journey by explaining the various ways we have been culturally conditioned to place disproportionate value on beauty . If you read it with an open mind, this book can give you the strength to say, NO. F*CK THAT. This is not just how it is’. I’m not playing this f*cking game anymore! and to say buh-bye! to those who do.- Read The Feminine Mystique . This was the dilemma of our grandmother’s. Instead of beauty being the determinant of their value and woman-ness , it was their domestic prowess. I feel like this book is less relatable for young women simply because we never had this experience, but it is eerie how PERFECTLY the domesticity issue parallels the beauty one. I think it helps you see how the social power dynamics have played out over time. Plus, this author takes a more scientific approach, and her writing is quite clear and analytical.- Get the heck out of this country and go somewhere where there are no advertisements. Stay there for an extended period of time, and only hang out with the locals. They will teach you so much. :)

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