CrossFit provides countless benefits to your body, health and life. Some of the most important benefits you will see include improved heart health, improved mobility and reaching weight loss or body composition goals. Here are 7 benefits/effects of CrossFit training.
#1 CrossFit is Weight-Loss Efficient
Serious athletes have been reaping the benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) for decades and thanks to the introduction of CrossFit, so too have its practitioners. With HIIT you workout hard for short periods of time as opposed to pacing yourself with a minimal workout over a longer time. HIIT helps burn more calories for hours after training, those who do this type of exercise stick to it longer, and it will boost your endurance.
#2 CrossFit Builds Muscle Fast
Within a couple weeks of going to CrossFit training regularly, you’ll begin to notice that you’re getting stronger and may be able to see more muscle definition. Whether you’re carrying your kids to and from the car, lifting a bag of dog food, or simply unscrewing a jar lid, you’ll definitely notice a difference.
#3 CrossFit Encourages Competition
It doesn’t matter if you’re competing against your peers, in a CrossFit event, or with yourself, you will strive with each challenge you face. Competition more often than not brings the best out of ourselves, regardless of the forum.
#4 CrossFit is Scalable
Each workout at a CrossFit gym is designed to be done by everyone, regardless of age, skill level, or strength. The benefit of this is that newcomers can work with weights, or movements, that match their needs and experienced weightlifters can work with weights that continue to challenge their abilities. These allows everyone to achieve the intended stimulus of the workout and reap the benefits of their hard work regardless of skill level.
#5 CrossFit Boosts Confidence
It’s an amazing transformation going from a sedentary lifestyle or even a typical gym workout and doing CrossFit. You’ll quickly build your confidence in many aspects of your life, including your weightlifting sessions, your place of work, and in everyday interactions with others. As you achieve victories in the gym, that confidence will carry over when you leave the gym.
#6 CrossFit Improves Functionality
CrossFit workouts are , by design, always different from day-to-day and they are not body-part specific. Instead, you get a whole-body workout that effects multiple body parts and muscles. The movements that are utilized are “functional” movements that we encounter in our everyday life, thereby CrossFit training will improve your movement and functionality in the real world as you improve in the gym. After all a squat is simply sitting down and standing up.
#7 CrossFit Aids Mobility
One of the nice aspects of CrossFit is that the majority of its workout routines are based around normal bodily movements and because of this you will be far more mobile. The mobility that comes with CrossFit workouts helps with physical rehab and combating aging bones and muscles.