Pros and Cons of CrossFit 2019

Positive and negative debate of CrossFit
As we head into the New Year, I thought it would be a good ideal to repeat why CrossFit workouts and why you might not want to consider CrossFit for 2019. Although I believe in and use a CrossFit program, I can understand why. some may choose No to. Below, I’ll lay out my best arguments for and against participating in CrossFit exercise.

CrossFit Pro Argument:
CrossFit consists of a variety of different exercises. These include strength training and calisthenics. They are designed to work the entire body and not just a specific region or part. These are set up as a fast, high-intensity circuit workout.

A CrossFit workout is designed to test your will and fitness. It is usually done as fast as your body and mental state will allow. Most require skill or balance. A person must take the initial time and energy to properly learn the lift or routine.

CrossFit participants are a close-knit community. They strive not only to be the best they can be, but also to push their peers around them to get going. They will keep you fired up and push you to fitness levels you may have thought were unattainable.

CrossFit provides measurement or fitness tracking to monitor your gains. In other words, you can compete against yourself and other gym members. This is one of the many reasons people tend to follow and enjoy CrossFit, compared to a normal exercise routine.

CrossFit diet and nutrition are also an important part of the big picture. There are numerous tips and suggestions on a good diet or Paleo Diet. A CrossFit workout coupled with a good diet will provide amazing results!

CrossFit Negative Points:
Many people who oppose CrossFit emphasize the importance of an individual program in a class or group workout. Sure, everyone is at different levels, and often a workout for one person may need to be different for another. This dilemma can be avoided by emphasizing proper technique and safety to newer participants.

The specific needs of a beginner are often not addressed. Since each training is for the group, some weaknesses of a specific person can be detrimental. This can also be minimized with a properly trained CrossFit instructor.

Flexibility issues or prior injuries should always be considered before beginning a rigorous CrossFit routine.

My conclusion on whether to use CrossFit or not:
Like any other workout, use common sense. Before beginning any training program, obtain approval from your health care provider. If you follow a good diet and training principles, you are probably a great candidate for CrossFit. I have personally witnessed amazing transformations of chubby, out-of-shape men and women who took up the challenge of CrossFit and became the person they never thought they could be. That’s why I hesitate to say that this person or that person should never be allowed to start in a CrossFit gym. As long as they are in good health, why shouldn’t they be allowed to try?

As you’ve probably guessed, I think the advantages of CrossFit far outweigh the disadvantages of CrossFit!

To your health,

The CrossFit Team

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