Whilst CrossFit continues to gain popularity, there are lots of stories that exist that give it a bad name, and which are actually untrue. Here are the top 7 myths about CrossFit training.
Myth 1: CrossFit is only for Elite Athletes
This is the most common myth. When people think of CrossFit, they assume only super fit, elite athletes or ‘gym junkies’ can do CrossFit training, which is totally wrong.
In fact, one of the great benefits of CrossFit is that it can be adjusted to meet an individual’s capabilities and fitness… it can be performed by a professional athlete, or a 60 year old looking to maintain their health.
CrossFit exercises can be scaled to suit different levels of difficulty, and a person’s goals. For example, you can scale the weight according to your ability, or even substitute the exercise for something else. You can also modify the program to gain muscle mass or loss weight.
Myth 2: CrossFit is Expensive
Depending on the CrossFit Box you attend, the monthly fee will typically be $150 – $275 a month. When compared with standard gym fees, it might seem expensive.
However if you train with a personal trainer each week, then CrossFit is actually a lot cheaper. Most people who work with a personal trainer would pay approximately $150 a week for 2 sessions, or $600 a month, which is more than double the cost of CrossFit membership.
If you consider you can attend a CrossFit gym every day given how varied the workout of the day is, then CrossFit training provides amazing value for money.
Myth 3: CrossFit is a Cult
From the outside looking in, CrossFit might seem like a cult but it is definitely not. It’s simply a group of individuals who want to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.
No one is forced to attend. It’s completely up to participants how many sessions they do each week. And there are no weird rituals, just a group of people who love pushing themselves to be the strongest they can be.
However CrossFit is very addictive, and people who start CrossFit quickly find themselves going more often than they had imagined. The fact there are benchmark workouts means people train hard to improve their scores.
Myth 4: CrossFit Makes You Too Muscular
This is often the biggest concern for women considering CrossFit but it is untrue.
Firstly, women’s muscle development is much different to men, so it is much harder to get the same muscle mass. Secondly, CrossFit WODs typically combine weights and cardio to provide high intensity interval training, which improves muscle tone without getting too muscular.
There are some women who may like to put muscle on, and they can achieve this through reducing the cardio element and increasing the weight component.
However the bottom line is there are plenty of women CrossFit enthusiasts who have regular looking bodies, and are not overly muscular.
Myth 5: You Must Eat Specific Foods
Another common myth of CrossFit is you have to follow a specific diet and eat specific foods. They do suggest Paleo Diet or Zone Diet, however it is not mandatory and is entirely up to individuals. The main thing is that you maintain a healthy eating routine to support your training, and ensure you get results.
Myth 6: CrossFit is the ONLY Workout Allowed
Contrary to popular opinion, CrossFit can be combined with other sports and exercises. In fact, many people start CrossFit in order to supplement their training for other sports. For example, people who play football or soccer, do CrossFit to improve their overall fitness and ‘game day’ performance. Other common sports include swimming, running, athletics, basketball and tennis.
Myth 7: CrossFit Training Makes You Vomit
This is a funny one. CrossFit WODs are designed to push people but it’s certainly not encouraged to push you until you vomit. If you start feeling unwell, or the workout is too intense, you should always stop and speak with a trainer.