Is CrossFit Safe?
A common question that is asked to our coaches when new members join our facility is whether CrossFit is safe for them.
Yes is the answer in short and I will do my best to explain why now.
CrossFit training is very safe, and sitting on your sofa is dangerous. In CrossFit affiliated gyms, credentialed coaches provide precise instructions and coaching to help people move safely and efficiently, helping them avoid all the diseases and injuries that come from inactivity, obesity and poor nutrition.
Will I Be Safe Doing CrossFit?
CrossFit improves general physical preparedness (GPP). We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialised fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimise physical competence in each of 10 fitness domains: Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
CrossFit was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. People who do CrossFit are prepared for all challenges, whether they come in the gym, on a playing field or as part of daily life.
You Will Be Safe At A CrossFit Affiliated Gym
We always begin with our new members completing their practical assessment course which consists of 3 x 1:1 sessions with a coach (each session is 60 minutes) at times which are mutually convenient for you both. The assessment sessions enable us informally assess your current level of strength, fitness, movement and any limitations to know how to train you going forwards as well as teach/go over again all the fundamental movements we use in our training programmes. The coach that you complete this with will be your personal coach going forwards.
Upon finishing this you graduate to our group classes where you will continue to be coached within a small group setting of 10-15 people to complete your "workout of the day". That enables us to continue to monitor your movement but allow you to enjoy the benefits of the group class environment.
The workout of the day also known as the WOD is a starting point, and each person will need to experiment to determine what "enough" on a daily or weekly basis means. This is where you will work wioth your coach to determine how often to attend in order to stay "safe". Experienced members with specific competition goals might need additional work to improve their fitness, while beginners might need to reduce the volume of the WOD to optimise results. Everyone is different and we take an individualised approach.
The exact amount of work can be determined with the assistance of an expert coach at a CrossFit affiliate or by carefully logging your workouts and evaluating the results. The demands of sport and active living will affect what you can do in each WOD, and you will need to balance your work/rest cycles to allow for recovery. In general, if you only do each day's WOD, you will find yourself at an improved level of fitness.
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