How do you get your grandmother, coworker, dad, etc. to try CrossFit? Bring them to the box. Or have them try a highly scaled WOD at home.
Admittedly, this can be challenging. There are a lot of misconceptions about CrossFit. So here’s a guide to debunking those common myths.
“The news said CrossFit will kill me”
Outside based these outrageous headlines on a fake paper that was retracted after a federal judge ruled that it made false claims. CrossFit informed Outside that it based its entire series on a paper written under false pretenses, but Outside refused to issue a correction or update. A similar thing happened with ESPN.
“But I saw a study …”
Pardon the interruption, but it was probably the fraudulent one we just mentioned. The National Strength and Conditioning Association, a competitor of CrossFit’s, published fake injury stats. The subjects testified to the court that they were not injured doing CrossFit and never told anyone they were. So what are you worried about?
“OK. What does real research actually say about CrossFit and injuries?”
Other papers published about CrossFit have reached a common conclusion:
“The injury incidence rate associated with CrossFit training was low, and comparable to other forms of recreational fitness activities.”
“CrossFit is comparable to other exercise programs with similar injury rates.”
“What were the injury rates, and how do they compare to those of other activities?”
“But I heard CrossFit trainers are not properly qualified …”
Every CrossFit trainer has at least earned CrossFit’s L1 certificate, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.
“I’m really looking for an experienced, proven trainer though.”
Great. CrossFit’s Level 3 certification is the only major fitness certification that requires its trainers to have trained others and received hands-on instruction themselves.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for, click here to find a Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) near you.
See the comparison graph below. Other organizations, such as ACSM, ACE and NSCA, certify trainers without requiring any experience or hands-on instruction at all.
“Isn’t that the stuff I saw on TV? That’s crazy!”
Not trying CrossFit because you saw the CrossFit Games on TV is like not jogging around the block because you saw a marathon in the Olympics.
CrossFit affiliates know how to scale each movement to your fitness level, ensuring a gradual progression. If an elite athlete can do a movement with 400 pounds, you may do the same movement with a PVC pipe or your own body weight. Or, you may be even do a simpler movement that develops the skills and attributes needed to later progress toward the more advanced exercise.
“But isn’t CrossFit just for intense / young / lean / elite / male athletes?
Tell that to Constance …
Or see Elaine, below. Now you have no excuse.
(If we missed a common misconception, please let us know in the comments.)