Why Crossfit is NOT right for you
By Lorian on November 11, 2015
You’ve been going to class every day for MONTHS, maybe even YEARS. But…
- You STILL can’t do a pull up (strict OR kipping)
- You’re squatting pretty much exactly what you were squatting 3-6 months ago
- Your Olympic lifts are showing very little, if any, improvement
- Your fitness has hit a plateau
- You can’t shed those extra pounds or that belly fat, no matter how much you WOD
I’ll preface this by saying that I’m a Crossfit coach and have been participating in Crossfit workouts, Crossfit Competitions and following all aspects of this new sport since 2007. I think Crossfit is a FANTASTIC method for getting fit, staying fit and having a great time doing it. I’m not trying to jump on the bandwagon and talk about how ‘dangerous’ it is. Because I don’t believe it has to be dangerous at all.
But it’s time that the entire Crossfit community admits that it’s not for EVERYONE. In fact, many of the people who are going to Crossfit classes regularly are exactly the type of person who needs to explore fitness methodology outside of Crossfit.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, then it may be time to take a break from Crossfit (or at least reduce the times you join the class per week).
The “Every Day” Crossfitter.
If you have ever joined a box for at least a few months, you ran into a few of these people. They are EXTREMELY passionate about Crossfit, they’ve got all the gear, they’re showing up 5 times a week, they’re eating paleo and all they want to talk about is Crossfit. If you loved it at first, this likely became you. If you are one of these people, you may have noticed that those amazing improvements you made in the first 6 months of the program seemed to have stalled. You haven’t been able to hit consistent PR’s in your lifts for months and your times in the benchmark WODs is either staying the same or getting worse.
If this sounds familiar, I can solve your problem right now: STOP going to ‘general’ crossfit classes every day and start up a 3-6 months strength program. The focused strength training can help you smash through those plateaus you’ve been stuck on for months (or possibly YEARS).
Make sure you pick a good program; the coaches at your box are likely going to be able to help you with this. If you have the time and money, then hire one of them to give you a program (and maybe even take you through some of those sessions). Then…STICK TO IT. Be consistent, don’t skip workouts, push hard and you will reap the rewards. At the end of the 6 month program you’ll find yourself smashing your old times and your workouts will get faster and more efficient.
PM me if you’re in a rut like this and want to find out how to get out of it!