As someone new to Crossfit I thought I’d share my thoughts on the things that attract me to the sport, both on a personal level and from my perspective as a chiropractor and health care provider.
In no particular order, here is my Top 10:
1. The philosophy is about functional fitness. This means using your body efficiently in ways that will translate to real-life movements and scenarios.
2. Creates a strong back and core. As a chiropractor I appreciate that a strong back and core supports the spine- the most important structure in the body and what I like to call the ‘lifeline’ of the body.
3. Every workout is different. Different workouts keep things interesting and keeps the body in a constant state of adaptation.
4. It’s efficient. You can get an amazing workout in roughly 25 minutes including warmup.
5. Keeps you focused and on track with your ‘big-picture’ goals. This is done by keeping track of benchmarks and personal bests. This helps you track your progress and improvement and helps keep you interested and motivated.
6. Works on a range of health and fitness factors- 10 of them to be specific: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy. I really do find that each of these factors are touched on in a workout. (Click HERE for an explanation of what each one is.)
7. It’s challenging. In my opinion a life well lived is one of growth with a certain amount of challenge, self-competition, and new experiences. I’ve found that Crossfit has helped me face some fears, face some failures, and in doing so I’ve grown from it. I feel that this kind of growth can help build confidence which can be carried over into other aspects of life.
8. I feel awesome afterwards. Personally, the ‘high’ that I feel 15-20 minutes after completing a workout is unlike anything I’ve experienced before through sport or exercise. This really gives me something to look forward to when I’m in the middle of a challenging workout.
9. I keep learning more about the human body and fitness. When you start Crossfit you’ll find yourself immersed in a culture of fitness where you’re constantly learning more about health and the human body. As a health care provider this is fantastic and I’ve been able to apply much of what I’ve learned to my practice.
10. The Results. This is probably the most important of the bunch, as the point of participating is to get healthier. I’ve already seen some great changes in my strength and physique thus far as well as more discreet changes like being less tired or sore at the end of a work day, noticing an improvement in my ability to play volleyball, and a general ability to perform daily tasks with more ease.
If you live in Victoria and would like to learn more about Crossfit, I highly recommend you get in touch with the good people at Crossfit Zone, my experience there has been very positive.