Will I/can I get big doing CrossFit?
What do all those abbreviations mean?
Why kipping pull-ups? Isn’t that cheating?
The shortest answer is this: we train both strict and kipping pull-ups, with both having a distinct purpose/function. The more detailed explanation to this question is somewhat lengthy in detail, and might best be answered by reading the following conversation dialogue written by Greg Glassman, CrossFit’s founder, and several other commentators on a web feed:
What is Fitness?
Where can I find more information/research about CrossFit methodologies/briefs?
What makes CrossFit 259 unique?
Many people ask me this, and I like to answer it like this: “If you’ve seen one box, you’ve seen one box.” Every CrossFit box is like a family unit. Families come in many different types, shapes and sizes. Our box family is comprised of hard-working, selfless members who day in and day out show up and support each other through thick and thin, heat and cold, triumph and failure. I could not be more proud of the family atmosphere we have, and I truly hope you can come experience it for yourself! Come find your niche here with us!
Why should I do Crossfit?
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions, and likewise one of the most important ones to consider. Quite simply put, general physical preparedness is the predominant reason I give time and again. Whether you are in your early 20s or late 60s or 70s, CrossFit is definitely for you. Every day we encounter circumstances in life that test our fitness whether we realize it or not. Our ability to handle or react to these circumstances is what we would call general physical preparedness, or GPP. In a world of specialized training, GPP is the one concept that is often overlooked. CrossFit is one of the best ways, if not the best, for people of all ages to develop and strengthen their GPP.
Am I too old/out-of-shape for CrossFit? Isn’t that for young and strong athletes?
Short and sweet, you are never too old for CrossFit. If you want to be independent, take care of yourself, and not have to rely on caretakers or nurses 24/7 for your mere existence, then CrossFit is most certainly for you. The ability of a person to squat dictates their ease in transferring to and from a vehicle, on and off the toilet, and up and down stairs. Simply carrying the groceries inside or picking up an item that was dropped off the floor are seemingly remedial tasks that can become quite challenging, if not dangerous or impossible later on in life. The methods of CrossFit, albeit perhaps extreme in appearance, are fundamentally scalable in every sense. Should a 20 year old athlete squat and deadlift? Most certainly. Should grandma squat and deadlift? If she wants to stay independent and healthy, then by all means yes! Should their respective intensities and loads vary? Definitely. That is where CrossFit comes into play. GPP is an ageless skill, and one best developed for all ages within CrossFit.
Isn’t CrossFit dangerous?
Why is everything “for time”?
Now that I’m doing CrossFit, what should I eat?
The ideal proper nutrition will vary person to person, so I recommend starting here:
The Zone Diet:
This plan is very rigid. There is weighing and measuring and lots of planning to this one because each meal or snack is in blocks. You have to really lay your meals out ahead of time. This is great for a person who wants to really watch everything they eat and is organized, but it requires perfection and strict adherence. It does allow for some grains, but some people will choose to do a cross of paleo/zone. This would exclude the grains and only include for the paleo foods.
The Paleo Diet:
The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes… grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way… the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn are basic simple sugar upon digestion.
The Primal Diet:
The primal plan allows foods like the paleo diet, but includes some dairy, such as creams, butter, greek yogurts, and some cheese (all of these should be from grass-fed sources, and used in moderation).
What’s the best way to get started with CrossFit?
Why should I log all my weights/workouts?
What is the purpose / intent of Crossfit?
CrossFit is in large part derived from several simple observations garnered through hanging out with athletes for thirty years and willingness, if not eagerness, to experiment coupled with a total disregard for conventional wisdom. Let me share some of the more formative of these observations:
- Gymnasts learn new sports faster than other athletes.
- Olympic lifters can apply more useful power to more activities than other athletes.
- Powerlifters are stronger than other athletes.
- Sprinters can match the cardiovascular performance of endurance athletes – even at extended efforts.
- Endurance athletes are woefully lacking in total physical capacity.
- With high carb diets you either get fat or weak.
- Bodybuilders can’t punch, jump, run, or throw like athletes can.
- Segmenting training efforts delivers a segmented capacity.
- Optimizing physical capacity requires training at unsustainable intensities.
- The world’s most successful athletes and coaches rely on exercise science the way deer hunters rely on the accordion.
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