Whether you’re an avid gym bunny or a couch potato, the chances are you’ve heard a lot about the workout program CrossFit. This innovative and high intensity workout program features in a multitude of gyms or “boxes” (as CrossFitters call it) across the country, with thousands of Americans participating in CrossFit workouts each week.
As with most fitness trends, CrossFit has received plenty of praise and plenty of controversy. While many CrossFitters have claimed to get in the best physical shape of their life thanks to CrossFit, there has been some controversy surrounding just how safe it is.
A CrossFit workout essentially combines lifting extremely heavy objects with running, squats, lunges and various other cardio activities. Participants usually complete a “WOD” (workout of the day) with their class which can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. These workouts can be completed in a class environment (often outside) or they can be completed individually at home as the official CrossFit website continuously posts new WOD workout videos.
But is CrossFit right for you? Here are the main pros and cons to help you decide: