Lately, it seems like everyone has been talking about the CrossFit program. In fact, of all the workout programs in North America, it has definitely become the most popular, by far.
CrossFit, which was started over 15 years ago, is an exercise system that involves extreme and intense physical effort. It covers different types of aerobic exercises, specifically different forms of weightlifting.
And while the CrossFit workout program definitely offers amazing results, as the trend has picked up, concerns have been raised about the safety of the program. If you participate in CrossFit, you might want to weigh out all your options.
1. Pushing and Feeling the Burn
While exercise does require a certain amount of pushing, this is thought to be an unhealthy amount. Working out too much and pushing too hard can cause something called adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue feels like a constant cold, with consistent feelings of exhaustion and general tiredness. The only way to get over this is to rest, which isn’t encouraged in the CrossFit program.
2. Tight-Knit Program Leads to Fatigue
For people who suffer from adrenal fatigue, the pressure that the community, or home gym, puts on their members to come back and keep going can add more stress to those trying to recover.
They’ll feel pressured to continue, even when they shouldn’t, and might even be judged and ridiculed for cutting back.
3. Potential of Injuries if Performed Incorrectly
If you have any friends who participate in CrossFit, you’ve probably seen their pictures of blistered, cut, or bleeding hands. These are only a few of the injuries that people who participate in the CrossFit experience.
It’s normal to get hurt now and then when working out and exercising, but injuries are reported much more in CrossFit members. They mess up their backs and rupture tendons, all from pushing their bodies too hard. There are also several reports of fractured bones from lifting or dropping weights that are ridiculously heavy.
Many of the exercises and moves that the CrossFit uses were derived from professional gymnast and weight lifting moves. While it’s fine to build to these types of exercises, CrossFit participants are usually thrown into these extreme exercises from the get go. And, since most gym owners aren’t as thoroughly trained as they should be, they aren’t able to teach new participants how to do these moves safely. This will only lead to more injuries.
This isn’t to say that CrossFit is definitely not for you, it’s to say to be careful in any exercise program that you choose. However, just because it’s the latest buzz, does not mean it’s the best workout for your body type.
Everyone is different and should experiment with several different exercises before committing to the ones that work best for them. However, most CrossFit participants swear that CrossFit is the only way to go, completely shutting down any alternatives.
Find out what works best for you, no matter what anyone else says.
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