Every activity has its nay-sayers – people who disregard the positive attributes of a pursuit because it doesn’t fit with their idea of what works. There is, perhaps, nothing more divisive in the current fitness world than CrossFit. Ask Google if CrossFit will make you strong and you’ll find a multitude of conflicting opinions and information. Despite the fact that CrossFit has been around for 16 years (only about 5 years less than Zumba), it is still referred to as a ‘fad’ or a ‘fitness trend’, and often categorized as a cardio workout.
Is CrossFit a cardio workout?
Short answer: yes. CrossFit involves high intensity movements that get your heart beating fast and your lungs burning. However, the workouts are not as simple (or boring) as running on a treadmill for 30 minutes, and cardio is not the only aspect of your average CrossFit workout.
Will CrossFit build strength?
Yes. CrossFit is intended to build upon the ten physical competencies of fitness:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
It is a strength and conditioning program that incorporates constantly varied, high intensity movements to help in the development of those ten areas.
CrossFit will not build muscles like spending hours at a standard gym bench pressing your body weight (yawn). But it will build all around strength by focusing on dynamic movements that work multiple muscle groups -including cardio fitness. You most likely won’t walk out of a CrossFit box looking like The Hulk, but you will walk out stronger and more powerful than you were when you walked in. And if your aim is strength and fitness, bigger isn’t necessarily better, right?
(If you still think that CrossFit doesn’t build strength, check out this video of Rich Froning doing a Heavy Fran and then tell me it’s a cardio thing)
So, what are you waiting for? Go find a box and test your strength, then build on it. Better yet, come see us and let us help you get stronger AND fitter.