Crossfit is growing faster than any other training style. With this rapid growth comes many positives and benefits. However, inevitably it also attracts negativity and false perceptions. Here are 4 common misconceptions that Crossfit seems to attract…

Crossfit is dangerous

This is probably the first thing anyone with a negative view on Crossfit will say. Quite often this belief is founded without any experience within Crossfit. Due to the ever-growing internet media it is easy for people to form beliefs without any actual personal experience.

Furthermore, all these studies into Crossfit show how dangerous it is, right? Well no, not exactly. The main study that forms this misconception from the NSCA has recently been exposed as false. In short, the NSCA have been forced to admit they made up results. More detail can be found via The Russells here and Crossfit’s full defence can be found here.

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One main claim is that Crossfit uses movements in a way they’re not ‘supposed’ to be used been done before (think high rep Olympic Weightlifting). Therefore, this must make them dangerous. I honestly think that is stupid. Just because you’ve not seen something done in a certain way before doesn’t mean it’s dangerous.

In addition, calling Crossfit dangerous because you’ve seen a video of someone learning the movements and not looking like a pro is like watching someone learn to ride a bike and saying it’s dangerous because they don’t move like Bradley Wiggins.

The fact is that Crossfit is still only young and it has grown rapidly. This means we don’t yet have enough evidence to know if it is dangerous or not. However, if taught and learned correctly, there is no reason why it is anymore dangerous than other sports.

You have to be fit to do Crossfit

This one is quite understandable and another byproduct of social media/the internet. There are hundreds of videos of the top athletes floating about which puts people off. They see videos of Rich Froning or Katrin Davidsdottir and assume you have to look and move like that to do Crossfit.

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Crossfit is scalable for any ability

Arguably Crossfit is MORE beneficial for those not as fit.

The reality is that this isn’t true. Everyone has to start somewhere. Whilst this base may be different for everyone, it certainly isn’t straight at the elite end of performance. Think logically, if these athletes were automatically that fit why would they bother training? Even the top athletes he had their struggles, however, they keep working through them to improve their fitness.

Also, the transformation stories you see should be enough evidence that you can start from any level. This YouTube series from Gary Roberts is an example of just how Crossfit is scalable for anyone. You can start Crossfit from any level, scale to your ability and see all the benefits the fittest athletes do. Arguably it is MORE beneficial for those not as fit.

Crossfit makes men weak and women big

This one is just so naive and unthought out it hurts my head.

What you’re essentially saying here is that for one sex it induces muscle gains so extreme and so quick they become unrecognisable. Then for the other sex, who have more muscle-building hormones, it reduces them to weak and skinny humans.

If Crossfit really made women huge and manly with no effort then it would only do this to a greater extent in men. Therefore, surely every male would be doing it as a quick fix? See how this one makes no sense.

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The truth is that Crossfit will turn your body into whatever it’s supposed to look like when it’s used as it is meant to be used. As humans we are meant to be active and use our bodies, we have just got lazy. This means that when you use your body correctly and fuel it right,  fat is lost and muscle is gained. This applies to both men and women.

Your body will look like whatever it’s meant to look like. That’s why some people look ‘ripped’ and others not so much but both are extremely fit. In addition, anyone that can move more than their bodyweight from the floor above their head and run a sub 7 mile is not weak.

Please don’t be soft and believe this one, it just makes no sense.

Crossfit is too expensive

On the face of it yes, Crossfit is expensive. When you compare memberships values a £15 a month gym is obviously cheaper than a £60 a month gym. However, doing this is placing value purely on money.

Let’s say you pay £15 a month, but then decide to get a personal training session on top which is £30. All of a sudden you’ve spent £45 for that month and have a membership and one PT session to show for it. Now I’m no type saying PT sessions are a waste of money, quite the opposite I think they’re important. Coming from a golf coaching background I see the value of one-to-one coaching. What I am saying is that you need to put this into the context of what you get from Crossfit.

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Every time you step into a Crossfit guy get a pre-programmed workout. In addition you get a coach who will look at your technique, how you are moving and how you are progressing each time. You essentially get a PT session each time you go and train. All Crossfit coaches are certified. So, when you look at it like this you suddenly get much more value for your money and Crossfit isn’t as expensive.

Finally, whilst commercial gyms are improving, in a Crossfit gym you get access to equipment that isn’t often found elsewhere. You also get taught how to use this from a safety point of view and aren’t just let loose. Another tick in the Crossfit value box ✅.

So, there you go. Hopefully I have helped explain why some of Crossfit’s common misconceptions aren’t true. With a bit of luck you may also want to try Crossfit if you haven’t before! Like I said, done correctly it can have huge benefits to health and fitness.

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