5 Misconceptions About Crossfit

Cross-fit came onto the scene in the early 2000’s. Since then its popularity have sky rocketed, and even landed a spot on ESPN for it’c competition called ” The Cross-fit Games.” Many will watch, but really don’t understand our cult like program. With that many misconceptions have arisen about the sport. Many of these misconceptions coming from people who never did a Cross-fit workout in their life. I’m not an old veteran, but I’ve been doing it for a year and four months straight so far. Here are some of those misconceptions I want to clear up.

  • Everyone is bound to get seriously injured.

Let me begin with yes injuries does happen cross-fit, but also in many other workouts and sports. Crossfit is often stamped with a rep that you will get seriously injured, it’s just of matter of time. This misconception comes from reports that says 70% of Crossfit athletes sub-stained injuries from doing the workouts. I believe when people hear this they automatically think about the worst case scenario and think about major injuries that require surgery. The truth is those most of those injuries are very minor like a sprained ankle, shin splints, or a pulled muscle. A small margin of those injuries are serious, and the serious injuries can be reduce. Serious injuries from my eyes stems from two things: bad coaching and new athletes wanting to do too much weight. Crossfit incorporates Olympic lifts and gymnastics to name a few. When someone new come in they’re suppose to be put in a class that will teach them proper technique before being put in a regular class. A lot of people lie coming in saying they’re experienced when in fact they’re not. Coaches should notice this right off the back and recommend the technique class for them and not letting them lift heavy at all, but there’s a few coaches that really don’t give a crap. Also you have guys that try and lift big outside of the box (term for crossfit gym) and hurt themselves there and say they hurt themselves doing crossfit.

  • Regular WODs is just like the Games

The workouts you see on ESPN is not a 100% replica of what a workout is for the average Joe at their box. There are some movements in the games that you will never see, and if there is a movement that comes up that you’re not comfortable with then it will be modified in way where you can do it. If you want to you can search around and many local boxes will host there own competitions with advance movements. It’s a great way to learn how to perform competitively.

  • Crossfit is the only workout you’ll need.

Crossfit alone will get you into the best shape of your life. I was 211lbs when I started Crossfit. Now I’m 171lbs with 8% body fat, but I do run 3 miles every other day trying to keep a  7mph pace. Why? I’m a Army National Guard soldier and during our fitness test I have to complete a 2 mile run under a certain time. I think I would be fine with Crossfit alone, but there’s nothing better than actually going out there and run. So for you guys that run marathons, swim, or whatever competitively you have to spend time perfecting your craft. Crossfit alone is not going to get you success in your field.

  • It’s only for crazy fit people.

I hate this misconception. When I usually here it is when someone wants to do Crossfit, but doesn’t because they’re afraid that they won’t “fit” in with the crowd. I say just go! Go for a day and you’ll see we are very diverse. We have youth, old, former couch potatoes, men and women in all shape, sizes and color. We’re not this crazy cult of extreme competition.

  • It’s the same everywhere.

Every box is different. Some do their own customized workouts while some follow others. Crossfit is a brand, and each box is owned independently. Each gym will have it’s own coaching style, training philosophy, etc.

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Sorry for the absentee, but I’ve been busy!

This week I have been getting DMs and emails wondering if I have quit blogging. The answer to that is I have not quit, I’ve been really busy, and it’s also why I haven’t been tweeting much of late. Since grad school classes began I just don’t have time. Currently, I’m writing this blog post while at work, and not on my free time. Here’s a look into my schedule Mon-Fri.

5:30am: Wake up, grab my pre-workout smoothie I made the night before and head out to the box (Crossfit)

6am-7:30: Crossfit workout

7:30am-9am: Morning hygiene, breakfast, get to uni for work.

9am-5pm: Work doing research and mentoring interns.

5pm-7pm: Grad school classes/study

7pm-10pm: Personal/friend/nightlife time, hygiene, study for army aviation test, get ready for tomorrow.

Please note that I’m horrible at going to bed on time. In a perfect world, I would like to be in bed eyes shut by 10pm, but between hanging out, and silly stuff like group texts it’s usually way later. This past week I’ve been going to bed around 12. My days are long, but It’s filled with stuff that I love to do and goals I want to achieve, so it’s worth losing sleep over.

And there you have it! I’m going to try and blog more. I still have to do last month loot crate box and stuff. I will try and get to them. Thanks for the concern, but you guys can’t get rid of me yet.

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Up all night working on technique.

I know I blogged earlier about going to bed on time so I won’t be such a grump. Well that’s not going to happen tonight because I’m helping Scotty to work on correct form for Olympic lifts. When I play high school football, and  track and field our strength coach had Olympic lifting in our routine, so that’s a good four years of experience. Anyways I’m more than glad to help out my fellow CrossFit athletes get better, because I know they would do the same for me. Last week the crossfit games started. Workout 15.1 consisted of three exercises, but 15.1a was the one rep max. Some people had trouble with it because their bodies were fatigue from the first workout, and didn’t get the one rep max they were hoping for in the clean and jerk. I know with my group in the morning people could have clean and jerk more weight if they had better form. Its just a learning process, and it takes time. For some it’s their flexibility in their hips that’s causing the problem, bar speed, or not being comfortable thrusting a lot of weight over their heads. Whatever it is I just want you guys to be sucessful. It’s truly one of the great things about CrossFit. We never give up on each other.

oh and our box is getting new rogue plates. We’re movin on up!

-JiNX

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We’re training while you sleep!

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I usually don’t post pictures of anyone else on my blog, but I’m glad my group gave me to go ahead. This is a picture of some of the amazing people I get to workout with 5:30am in the morning. What I love about this group is the consistency of showing up everyday, and we’re one big family. If you don’t show up you definitely will be getting phone calls from everybody asking you why you didn’t show, and if everything okay.

I’m not a morning person at all. I’m such a grump, cursing everything. When I actually get to my box my mood totally changes. I get to see everyone smiling faces, music cranked up to a dope playlist, and everybody pushing each other.

On a side note, it’s almost my 1st yr aniversary since I’ve start doing crossfit. I lost  41lbs with 9% body fat. I could’ve never achieved the results so fast if it wasn’t for my fit family giving me healthy recipes to try, and pushing me during the WOD.

Thirsty Thursdays! A little bar hopping

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Jamie & Rebecca

Jamie’s week been pretty hectic, so we decided to go bar hopping tonight. I think it’s something we both needed. Her boss is pressing a lot from her lately. She have to pick up the slack until her employer hire another chem engineer. I’ve been busy with crossfit, working full time at the university doing research, and taking on two classes in grad school. Times like this is needed, even if it’s only for two hours.

I feel really relax sitting in bed right now waiting on Jamie to come to bed. Still debating if I should go to crossfit at 5:30am like I always do or sleep in and go into work at 9am. Love you guys. I’ll blog again shortly.

-JiNX
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Focused on the crossfit open.

I went back to my doctor to get my fractured thumb reevaluated for a crossfit competition called bragging rights (Jan 31st). My thumb is about 80%. I can do handstand walks and other exercises with little to no discomfort, but I can’t grip the bar to lift anything heavy without a lot of pain. It makes too much sense to sit out this competition and be 100% for the Crossfit open next month. I’m looking at another 3 weeks at most before I can lift anything heavy. Anyways, I’m excited to compete in my first crossfit open! I will try and get as much footage as I can of my events and share with you guys.

-JiNX
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