It seems like, with every year that passes, CrossFit gains more popularity. Though, with more popularity, myths and misconceptions are bound to get passed around. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the biggest myths about CrossFit along with the truth about them. If you’re interested in giving CrossFit a shot, come to CrossFit Stimulus here in Newport News. Our personal trainers will help you set goals and see them through to the end.

-Myth #1: CrossFit is Too Dangerous!

This one seems to stem from injuries that have come from an intense CrossFit session, but the reality is CrossFit is no more dangerous than any other type of workout. Any time you engage in physical activity, there is a risk of injury. This is increased when you do a workout improperly. That’s why working with a personal trainer will help ensure your safety, as they’ll be able to guide and instruct you on proper form and understanding your limitations. Take caution with CrossFit, just like you would any other exercise regimen, and talk to your trainer to keep them in the loop with what is going on. You’re much more likely to push yourself too hard and get hurt if you don’t let them know how you’re feeling or what you’re struggling with.

-Myth #2: You’ll Become Muscle Bound and Bulky

While there are many different body types out there, generally, CrossFit will help you lose weight first, then move on to toning your muscles. It would take training daily and using supplements intended to enhance muscle building in order to get “bulky.” Because of the wide range of workouts involved in CrossFit, it can be adjusted to help you meet your specific goals. Whether that means you want to be lean or you want to increase your muscle size, it can fit what you want. You’ll speak with your personal trainer and go over what your goals are to find the right regimen to start on.

-Myth #3: You Have To Be Fit To Do CrossFit

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same goes for physical fitness. No matter what the exercise program is, everyone has to start at step one. That means you’re entering CrossFit on an even playing field. You’ll start off with small weights and learn each move at your pace. The best thing about CrossFit is how malleable it is, as it can be adjusted and modified to fit anyone’s fitness or skill level. You have to start somewhere, right?

-Myth #4: A Paleo Diet Is Required

While you may see a lot of positive results when you combine a Paleo diet with CrossFit, it is, by no means, a requirement. Your personal trainer will be able to help you with your nutrition and diet if you want, but they won’t force you to do it. At the end of the day, your success and progress stems from what you want to put into it. You decide what food you want to put into your body. Your trainer will just be there to provide advice regarding food to make you more knowledgeable about how it affects everything from your workout to your everyday life.

-Myth #5: It’s A Huge Time Commitment

All it takes is one hour a day to see results from a CrossFit workout. Carving out 60 minutes in a day to do something that will improve your health and overall quality of life is something you’ll appreciate for years to come. Whether you go early in the morning or after work, most gyms have hours that can fit your schedule. Consider this; if you went four to five days a week, that’s four to five hours out of a possible 168 hours in a week. Even if you have a hectic schedule, that’s much more doable that you might think at first.

-Myth #6: CrossFit Is A Cult

With many people giving CrossFit a chance and singing its praises when they see results, it’s easy to think the cult-like following is manufactured. The truth is, when you have something positively impact you so much, it’s only natural that you would want to tell everyone and their dog how great it is. CrossFit has the potential to be greatly life-changing, and the people who have seen those life changes are excited about it. So, no, CrossFit is not a cult. But, yes, CrossFitters are excited about how much it has helped improve their lives, and they want to share it with the world.

Hopefully, debunking these common CrossFit myths has helped you understand what CrossFit could do for you. One of the biggest strengths of CrossFit is how it can be customized to fit your body type, experience level, and fitness goals. If you want to give CrossFit a chance, call us at CrossFit Stimulus today. Our 30-day JumpStart program will give you a taste of the possibilities, and we’re sure you’ll want to keep going once you get started.