Is CrossFit a good fit for you?


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CrossFit is a rigorous fitness regimen that seeks to prepare participants for any physical activity through weight training and cardiovascular exercise. But is its explosive intensity beneficial for the average Joe and beginners?

Participants turn to the CrossFit’s official website for the workout of the day, a daily routine that is to be performed as quickly and with as little rest as possible.  

To give you a more specific idea of the regimen, here is an example from last Monday’s WOD:

  • 50 box jump, 24-inch box
  • 50 jumping pull-ups
  • 50 kettlebell swings, 1 pood (A Russian unit of measure used for kettlebells)
  • Walking lunge, 50 steps
  • 50 knees to elbows
  • 50 push press, 45 pounds
  • 50 back extensions
  • 50 wall ball shots, 20-pound ball
  • 50 burpees
  • 50 double-unders


Why you'd like it

Many gym goers who restrict themselves to weight training will surely build muscle but find themselves gasping for playing a sport or running because they fail to exercise their cardiovascular stamina. Those who practice CrossFit will not only build muscle and lose fat, but also have stamina for this kind of physical activity because the regiment enhances both cardiovascular and weightlifting performance.

Cons of CrossFit

CrossFit’s WODs do not take individual strength and body weight into account, which can make it hard for beginners to perform the exercises or scale them to their specific needs. Also, the program’s focus on speed and intensity — rather than form and gradual progression — could cause inexperienced participants to overwork or even injure themselves.