CrossFit is just like marmite, you either love it or you hate it, but are you training like a crossfitter in your workouts without even realising it? CrossFit is an extremely popular and growing sport which is helping many people achieve success in and out of the gym. Not only that, but it is also helping people lead a healthier lifestyle which is going to help them long term and see them continue to stay motivated and put the effort in. Why does CrossFit get bad publicity though and why do some people just hate it? Well here is what I think...
CrossFit is no different to how our ancestors used to live many, many years ago. Yes I am referring back to the caveman era and how they would hunt, live and sleep like functional human beings. CrossFit is a cooler evolution of these times and bringing functional exercises into everyday life so that we can live better. Unfortunately this type of training receives a lot of stick because in some peoples' eyes, functional training won't build muscle and quite frankly, who cares about being functional right?
Do You Dislike CrossFit?
If you dislike CrossFit it is usually because you haven't given it a go or you are stuck in your ways of how you like to train. I can relate to this because you should always do what you love doing. However there are many aspects to CrossFit which can help your training you are currently doing. For instance how many of you perform just straight sets in your training? How many of you are looking to progress your training and physique? Most of you should be saying to yourself ''YES I DO''...
CrossFit is simply a workout whereby you include lots of repetitions and sets into your training session while keeping the weight and intensity up. For some of you, you might be already performing CrossFit based sessions without you even realising it. Do you superset, drop set and perform timed sessions during your workout? Do you work to a set rest period and are you lifting fairly heavy throughout your workout? Hey, guess what, this is very similar to CrossFit and believe it or not, these type of sessions sometimes push you more than others.
Why Highlight This?
So you might be sitting there thinking why are you pointing this out to me Scott? Well, the point I am trying to make is that you can get your results through varying your training and using a little bit of everything to help you along the way. There is no 'one approach fits all' strategy and with this in mind it is good to implement different training methods from different styles.
Try it Out
So I'm not saying take up CrossFit or start using the Olympic lifts that they do when they workout. All I am simply suggesting is that you mix up your own workouts and include so of the intensity you get from CrossFit. When you next workout why not include some high volume sets with lots of reps to shock your muscles. If muscle growth or tone is what you are after, this approach could help you A LOT! Enjoy and stay fit :)