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CrossFit Questions

CrossFit Questions

CrossFit Questions

When people find out I do CrossFit, I typically get a lot of questions. Today I thought I’d share some of the questions with you and how I answer them.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. I am not a CrossFit Trainer or Coach. These answers are my personal opinion and experience. This is what has worked for me and me only. I am simply sharing my experience and personal opinion on my blog. I do not represent anyone affiliated with CrossFit. I am an individual, with a blog, sharing my personal experience and what I have learned or taken away (personally) from each class.

CrossFit Questions

I’ve been “doing” CrossFit going on three years now, probably; and I still consider myself a newbie. So, take what you will away from this blog entry.

The first question I typically get is this one:

1.) Is it hard? Is CrossFit hard, to do?
My first response is to say, “Well hell yeah it’s hard if it was easy then everyone would be doing it!” But I resist and say it just depends on how badly you want it. Yes, some of it can be hard but it is different for everyone. And CrossFit is NOT for everyone either. Most of the obstacles are not physical ones but lifestyle and routine changes that people cannot get past. When people find out I get up at 0440 in order to get to a 0600 class, they stop listening right then and there. But I try to tell them that different CrossFit boxes have different schedules and most will have afternoon and evening classes as well. But I’ve learned that most people don’t want to change their routine. Most people don’t want to give something up or add something to their daily life. When my doctor recommended that I start exercising he gave me his experience. He told me he had to give something up, he gave up watching television. I decided to give up sleep. Not a big deal. I just want it more than others I suppose. Again, CrossFit is not hard, it is the lifestyle change that people want to resist. for whatever reason, that seems to be the hard part for folks.

2.) Do I already have to be in shape in order to start?
No, you don’t have to be in shape already to start doing CrossFit. I mean if you have concerns about something specific with your physical condition before starting CrossFit, then see your doctor and get approval first. But if there is nothing major going on with you, if you are simply inactive then starting CrossFit shouldn’t be a problem. Will you be sore at first, yes? But we don’t throw you to the wolves the first few times. 😉 Everything is scalable. I worked with a PVC pipe the first few weeks then moved up to an 11 lb. trainer bar (with NO weights on it, just an empty bar) before going up to the regular ladies 35 lb. empty barbell and then on to adding plates. It was a progression. I can’t say this enough, EVERYTHING IS SCALABLE!!!!

3.) Is it safe?
For whatever reason, I get this one a lot. If it was not safe I would not be doing it. It is as simple as that because I am a big old Fraidy-cat. The reason I think people hear that CrossFit is not safe is because of all of the newcomers who go in balls-to-the-walls and won’t listen to the coaches and trainers and they end up hurting themselves because they let their ego get the best of them by trying to do too much too soon. That’s my guess. But yes, it is safe. I guess you could also ask, Is driving your car safe; Is hiking safe; Is having a baby safe; Is going to the beach safe? You get the point.

4.) Will I bulk up?
I get this question from women quite often. The simple answer to this question is, No, you will not bulk up, at least that is my experience. I’ve been doing CrossFit for three years now and I am nowhere near being “bulked” up. That’s a totally different program altogether called bodybuilding. Now, do some of the elite athletes who compete in the CrossFit games have some well-defined and built muscles? Yes. But that is what they do, that is what they train for, to be an elite athlete. Can you build muscle? Yes, my body has changed and for the better! I’ve lost inches and things have moved around, LOL. I like it.

5.) So how does CrossFit work anyway, I mean do they have classes, do I work on my own, are there coaches and trainers?
It is a class environment. Yes, they have trainers and coaches, highly experienced, skilled and educated trainers/coaches. But first, you would have to go through their Fundamentals course. The one I went through met two days a week for four weeks and we learned the terminology, proper technique, we worked out, learned about better nutrition via coaches lectures, learned correct form with the barbells, body weight movements like squats, pushups, and pullups. The Fundamentals classes are thorough and I believe a requirement to go through before joining a box.

6.) Do I have to eat Paleo?
No, no one is going to follow you home and watch you eat. No one is going to quiz you every morning about what you had to eat the day before. But if you want results, then part of the dealio is changing what you put in your body. But, you’ll learn and eventually you will want to change your eating habits. It took me a while but I have now become more aware and try harder to eat healthy, clean, and lean.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. I am not a CrossFit Trainer or Coach. These answers are my personal opinion and experience. This is what has worked for me and me only. I am simply sharing my experience and personal opinion on my blog. I do not represent anyone affiliated with CrossFit. I am an individual, with a blog, sharing my personal experience and what I have learned or taken away (personally) from each class.

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Remember, I used to smoke cigarettes. I even smoked for the first three months that I started CrossFit and finally wanted to give them up because 1.) I liked breathing and 2.) they just became plain old nasty and gross. Thank GOD! My new healthy eating habits didn’t come along until RECENTLY!

If you want more detailed information, please call your local CrossFit box and talk to a trainer or coach. The coaches/trainers/owners of any CrossFit box love to share their knowledge and information. In fact, I recommend you call a couple different ones. We have a lot here in Huntsville, Alabama. I have nothing but good praises for this program. I say all the time that it has changed and saved my life.

Ciao Mio Amore,

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