If you’re interested in functional strength and fitness, today’s article is going to be especially interesting.
Because today, we’re looking at the many benefits of CrossFit.
CrossFit is now one of the most popular training protocols and brand names in the world.
Years ago, however, when it was just gaining momentum, a lot of people thought it would be nothing but a fad that died out after a year.
That didn’t happen.
CrossFit grew and grew and went on to become one of the most lucrative and competitive brands in the fitness industry.
Now a franchise, there are currently over 13,000 CrossFit boxes (the technical term for a CrossFit gym) located all across the globe.
To show how impressive this, is, a little over a decade ago, there were just 13.
Even if you’ve never tried CrossFit before, chances are that you’ve heard of it or seen footage online.
But just what is it about CrossFit that people can’t seem to get enough of, and is it really as great as people believe?
Let’s find out, shall we?
Here are several awe-inspiring CrossFit benefits.
The 15 Awesome Benefits Of CrossFit
1. It’s Fun
One of the biggest benefits is the fact that it’s fun.
How much fun, we cannot say because each CrossFit box is different.
What we will say, is that for anybody who finds conventional fitness boring, CrossFit will almost certainly be right up your street.
In CrossFit, you’ll do different exercises and different workouts every single time you train.
One minute you might be running laps, whereas the next you could be doing handstand push-ups against the wall, before finishing up with some Olympic lifting.
It’s tough, but if you tough it out, you’ll find that it is a whole lot of fun as well.
2. CrossFit Is Convenient
Another awesome benefit of CrossFit is the fact that it’s so convenient.
With CrossFit, there are classes held at regular intervals, in CrossFit boxes all over the country, and indeed, the world.
That means that, if you can’t make a class for whatever reason, no problem, you can simply attend the next one at your leisure instead.
Not only that, but CrossFit instructors will help you to perform WODs (workouts of the day) that are convenient for you.
If for example, you struggle with Olympic lifting, your workouts will likely not consist of Olympic lifting, other than maybe the occasional exercise.
For the most part, though, it is convenient as you do your workouts at your leisure and base them around your schedule and your own capabilities.
3. Become A Better Athlete
If you want to become a bodybuilder, CrossFit isn’t for you.
One of the main benefits is the fact that it can help you to improve your physique and look better, but CrossFit isn’t primarily designed to make you look good on Instagram.
CrossFit is instead designed to help you to become a better athlete.
CrossFit helps you to run faster, it improves flexibility, it improves stamina, it improves your balance, coordination, your strength, your reaction times, and plenty more besides.
Roll all of these benefits into one, and you have the perfect recipe for creating the ultimate athlete.
4. Build Up Your Strength
When it comes to strength, there’s ‘gym strong’ and there’s ‘real strong’.
Gym strength may indeed help you to press more weight from your chest, but will it help you when you’re trying to drag a heavy piece of furniture out of the dining room when you’re trying to paint the walls?
CrossFit is all about functional lifting exercises which help you to become stronger in the real world, rather than just in the gym.
Many CrossFit workouts will require you to perform heavy compound lifts, and Olympic lifts which promote strength and power.
Lifts such as squats, clean and jerks, military presses, thrusters, barbell cleans, rows, and plenty more besides, will not only help you to get big and jacked, they’ll also help you to become a stronger individual.
On the subject of getting bigger and jacked, though…
5. Build Muscle
As we touched upon briefly, even though CrossFit isn’t about training like a bodybuilder, because of the exercises you do, you’ll find that you are able to build yourself a powerful, lean, and muscular physique that would rival that of many a bodybuilder.
CrossFit athletes often have very impressive physiques, and when talking about the benefits, if you are hoping to build muscle, you’ll be pleased to hear that CrossFit is perfect.
6. Keep Things Fresh And Exciting
When you train like a bodybuilder and follow, say, something like a 5-day split, you’ll find that each workout quickly becomes a bit boring and monotonous.
There are only so many different exercises you can do on chest day before you find yourself repeating the same exercises and workouts week in and week out.
After a while, things will naturally grow boring and before you know it you’ll be losing motivation and the interest to train.
This is where CrossFit proves to be so beneficial.
Because CrossFit WODs are always changing, no two workouts are exactly alike.
Each workout of the day is different, and best of all is the fact that you have no idea what it is that you’ll be doing when you step foot in the CrossFit box for your session.
Will you be lifting weights, stretching, running, or doing a little of everything?
That’s part of the beauty of CrossFit.
7. Make New Friends
When you join a CrossFit group, you aren’t just joining a group, you’re joining a community whom many people consider to be family.
Those that are looking to meet new people and make new friends may wish to join a CrossFit group.
Doing so will allow you to meet new people that share the same interests as yourself.
The CrossFit community is incredibly supportive of one another, and when you’re not training together in person, you can stay in touch thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Whether it’s an instant messaging group on your phone, or via social media or an online forum, the CrossFit community is always expanding and they’re amongst the friendliest, most supportive people you could ever wish to meet.
8. Test Yourself
When you’ve been doing the same workouts for a long time, it’s easy to find yourself losing motivation.
Whereas before you perhaps found yourself driven and motivated to train, after a while you’ll find yourself going through the motions and losing interest in training.
If this is indeed happening to you, why not take up CrossFit?
One of the best parts about CrossFit is the fact that it allows people to dig deep and test themselves.
It ain’t easy, there’s no denying that. In fact, some WODs can be downright brutal.
There will be times when you feel like quitting and throwing in the towel, but if you dig deep, you’ll be so pleased that you pushed through.
If you really want to test yourself, CrossFit will enable you to do exactly that.
9. Burn Fat
If you want to shed a few pounds, when it comes to the popular benefits, this is one that you’ll want to pay particularly close attention to.
Yep, CrossFit will indeed enable you to burn fat and get leaner.
CrossFit workouts are very strenuous.
You’re constantly working, and as you’re using your muscles, as well as working on your cardio, you’ll obliterate body fat like there’s no tomorrow.
One typical CrossFit session lasting just one hour could potentially burn off close to 1000 calories if you give it you’re all.
This is an enormous amount of calories and you’ll certainly be feeling the after-effects for days to come. As they say, though ‘no pain, no gain’.
10. Functional Fitness
If there is one word that best describes CrossFit, that one word would be ‘functional’.
CrossFit is all about building functional strength and functional fitness, but what exactly is this?
Well, functional strength/fitness is all about building strength and fitness that will help you in the real world.
You might be able to bench press 315 pounds for reps, but could you lift a heavy piece of furniture by yourself, perhaps when redecorating, as we mentioned earlier?
CrossFit will help you to build strength and fitness that isn’t just measured in the gym.
It allows you to lift weights in a different manner, and to use your stamina and endurance in a different way.
Functional strength carries over into the world outside of the gym, and it is designed to make life much easier as a result.
11. Improved Mental Health
This may be controversial to some people, but we truly believe that exercise and physical activity is far better for treating stress and/or depression than artificial prescription drugs created in a lab.
If you’re dealing with mental health issues, or if you simply want to feel happier in general, CrossFit is ideal.
When you exercise, your brain produces and secretes endorphins.
Endorphins such as dopamine, for example, are known as ‘happy chemicals’ because they make you feel happy and they put you in such a fantastic mood.
This, in turn, helps to ward off stress and depression.
Because you’re active, you also burn more calories and expend more energy, so getting to sleep at night also becomes easier.
As an added bonus, once you begin noticing physical improvements in your physique, this will help boost your self-confidence.
12. Improved Flexibility
Being flexible and agile is beneficial for a whole host of different reasons.
Not only will it help you to potentially avoid injury, but it will also improve your quality of life, it will help you to avoid general aches and pains, and it will again make you a better athlete as a result.
13. Interesting Social Media Content
If you like to blog and share your workouts and your fitness progress online, CrossFit offers you the perfect opportunity to post interesting and unique content.
Rather than your typical generic fitness content, CrossFit-related posts are interesting because they’re unique.
Most people viewing the posts won’t have seen some of the exercises and activities you’re performing, which in turn will give them something interesting and useful to sink their teeth into.
Instead of yet another boring video of somebody squatting, how about a clip of the brutal CrossFit WOD your coach put you through that evening?
Much more interesting, we’re sure you agree.
14. Learn From The best
CrossFit instructors have to be fully certified.
They can’t just pay a couple of hundred bucks and do a quick online PT course and claim to be a personal trainer and start charging people a small fortune for regurgitating fitness-related info anybody can find on Google.
CrossFit instructors are the best of the best, and they must be fully certified before they can be approved and allowed to teach classes.
Not only are they knowledgeable and incredibly physically fit, but they are also very professional, kind, and friendly.
All of these are qualities you should look for in a fitness coach/instructor, which is yet another reason why CrossFit is so popular.
15. Teach Others
Finally, the last of the benefits that we’re going to look at today is based upon how CrossFit will help you to help others.
Once you’ve learned the correct form and technique to perform various workouts and exercises, you can use this newly acquired knowledge to help others.
As you can see, the benefits of CrossFit are plentiful, so it’s easy to see why it has become one of the most popular training principles in the world.
If you’re thinking of taking up CrossFit, hopefully, we’ve helped convince you to do precisely that?