By Lauren Denos: 12/12/2014 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I have heard so much conflicting information about cross fit. Some people rave about it and others think it is the worst thing in the world. How do I know what’s what with this?

Thank you,


Dear Silvia,

There are so many differences of opinion and so many fitness programs available. Most of these programs are not bad in and of themselves; it mostly depends on the instructor you are working with, which goes for cross fit as well.

CrossFit plays like a game. For many people the competition within the program is what makes them enjoy it and want to stick around for more. Where it becomes unhealthy is when people are doing as many reps as they can without worrying about form. This can cause serious injury. Like anything, you will find good and bad in any system. Some instructors will be bad and not care about your form. Other gyms (boxes) will have great instruction that will watch your form and make sure you are getting a good workout without sacrificing your form.

If you decide to start cross fit then go in first and watch them teach a class. Are they correcting form? How hard are they pushing them? You want to be pushed to go past some of self-imposed limitations, but you do not want to be pushed to the point of tearing a muscle or throwing up. My personal thought on this is that if you are being taught in a correct fashion, and it motivates you to get in shape then go for it. Just make sure you know you are getting a good instructor that knows what they are doing. There are so many cross fit gyms around that you should be able to look around to find one that is teaching in a healthy manner. Be open to other programs as well. In doing so, you just may find other programs that run a similar style of program that works well for you.

Now go kick some ass! LIVE FULL OUT!



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