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SHOULD YOU TRY A CROSSFIT WORKOUT?
Are you wondering if you should try CrossFit training, but not sure what type of workout it is? CrossFit is a system of exercise and nutrition that claims to “forge elite fitness.” CrossFit advocates a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. Workouts are typically 30 minutes or less and very intense, requiring maximal physical exertion.
Some of the pros to CrossFit training include: High intensity interval training (HIIT) which can be an effective and highly efficient way to improve muscle strength and cardio-vascular endurance. CrossFit also emphasizes the importance of healthy nutrition a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy oils, and complex carbohydrates (no sugars or refined flours), which is certainly a healthy way to eat.
Now the cons, CrossFit injury rates are substantially higher than most other fitness regimens. Herniated disks, muscle and tendon ruptures, rhabdomyolysis are not uncommon. (Rhabdomyolysis is a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to complications such as renal (kidney) failure)
Conclusion: Before trying CrossFit, you must get the go ahead from your physician. If you get okay, you must start out slow and with caution. Even though CrossFit can provide a way to get in shape fast, the chance of injury might outweigh its benefits. Instead, try one of our recommended exercise videos below.