Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why CrossFit?

They do it for three reasons. The first and most obvious is the physical result. High intensity exercise yields results that differ in kind from moderate-intensity efforts, not just in degree. In a peer-reviewed study in which one group exercised at moderate intensity for 45 minutes on a stationary bike and the other group did high-intensity intervals for 20 minutes and burned the same number of calories, the high-intensity group lost nine times the fat. Human growth hormone (HGH) and other compounds cascade into the blood of people who sprint as though a monster is chasing them and lift heavy objects as if earthquake survivors are trapped underneath. These hormones signal the body to burn fat and build muscle. The grim trudge-to-nowhere on a cardio machine, or miles of brisk walking, does not unlock this chemical cascade.

I remember in 2007 and 2008 when I was in my first year of CrossFit, amazed at the changes I was experiencing, and wondering why there were folks who would still argue about CrossFit's efficacy.  Greg Glassman would muse about how folks speculated that it was his marketing genius or some other factor that was driving CrossFit's rabid growth, and the passion of its practitioners.  Coach would just say - "It's the results."

He was right.  If you want to be the strongest on the planet, CF may not be best for you.  If you want to be a lean, mean endurance specialist, the best in the world in your chosen endurance endeavor, CF may not be right for you.  If you are a track and field power athlete, or an NFL lineman, plain old CF may not be right for you.  CF is a core strength and conditioning program designed to make you competent across the spectrum of physical adaptations.  Specialists will need a different program.  If you want to be fit - fit for the unknown and unknowable challenge - CrossFit is the best program there is.  And if you want the most result you can get from 3-5 hours per week of training, and you are a busy mom or dad, CrossFit is outstanding.

Strangely, there's an approach to training football athletes that uses CrossFit.  There is an approach for endurance training that uses CrossFit.  MMA fighters use CrossFit and variations on the basic idea.  Boxers - even elite ones - use CrossFit.  Motorcross racers, cyclists, professional drummers and musicians, NFL players, basketball players and baseball players also have used/do use CrossFit.  In a way that doesn't make sense - they are specialists, they should be better served by a specialist's program.  And yet ....

Come see us at CrossFit Fire of the Gods, inside Coastal Performance Center (Cook's Corner).  Call 207-449-8996 (or text), or email us at cffotg at gmail dot com.  We will get your introductory lesson scheduled and launch you to elite fitness.

(Thanks to my friend Crusader for the bird dog to this article)

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