There are mixed views on CrossFit from runners (and endurance athletes as a whole), with some saying it’s the worst thing you could do for you and others swearing its improved their endurance and speed. And then there are others who just have no idea what it is. As a CrossFitting runner and triathlete, I’m somewhere in the middle. I love a good CrossFit workout, but also know it can trash your muscles if you go too hard one day, ruining the chances of a good run.
What is CrossFit?
According to the CrossFit main page:
“CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at a relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.”
In a nutshell, CrossFit is a type of workout that incorporates a wide variety of movements – from Olympic Lifting and Powerlifting to Gymnastics, Mobility and Endurance (including running!) – into a single workout. The hour-long workouts emphasize different skills, movements and muscle groups depending on the strength component and WoD or “metcon” (Workout of the Day or metabolic conditioning). Each class is different, and it can be months before you see a WoD/metcon repeated.
So this all sounds good, but won’t it hurt me and leave me injured with all those heavy weights?
While it would be easy to jump after it and say “yes” because Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting can be very dangerous if done incorrectly, and it appears from the surface CrossFit is geared 100% towards heavy, heavy lifting, in my experience, and from what I’ve […]