This post is first in a series where we would like to address some common “myths” or misconceptions about CrossFit. If you have any you would like us to address, please comment below!
By definition, CrossFit is a results-driven exercise program that is broad, general and inclusive. To prove CrossFit Myth #1 is NOT reality, let’s look at the word “inclusive” a bit more. CrossFit is inclusive because it is accessible to everyone no matter what their fitness level. As the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman said, “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind.” This basically means that everything we do can be adjusted and scaled appropriately no matter what your fitness level. For example, a competitive CrossFitter can easily complete 50+ box jumps on a 26 inch box. A newcomer, someone in their mid 50’s or even someone with a history of back problems could scale this very movement to 16 inch step ups and even do less repetitions. Scaling can be adjusted and tweaked overtime, but individuals will still see similar results.
Therefore, even though you may think “let me try to get in shape first before I come try a workout.” Come anyway. Being in shape first DOES NOT MATTER, everyone can start CrossFit no matter their age or fitness level. At CrossFit 727 we strive to create an inclusive community so that everyone feels welcome. This type of community is what makes us love CrossFit more than anything else. As the renowned CrossFit competitive athlete Chris Spealler recently said when reflecting on the 2013 CrossFit Games Open, “Remember, CrossFit is not the Games. The community of people that throw down every day is CrossFit… Soccer mom to elite athlete, we make up the community. The overwhelming majority of the community may never walk on the Games stadium floor but will have far more impact on their local community and possibly even farther by their daily efforts in the gym. THAT is CrossFit.”
In short, come one and come all! Everyone will get a great workout in and have fun doing it! We promise!
For more information about the CrossFit program, check out our “Understand CrossFit” page.