These are three things as coaches we hear all the time. So we wanted to give you our take on these common misconceptions!
“I’m going to get injured”
Let’s start by acknowledging that there is risk in everything we do. When you walked out of your house this morning there was a risk, albeit a very small one, that a jet engine might fall on your head. You probably didn’t let that stop you from going to work though.
While it is true that there are many gyms (CrossFit or otherwise), that hold a low standard with regards to safety, training and the continuing education of their staff, thankfully you’re not considering one of those gyms. You’re considering a gym that takes great care to train clients through our Foundations program, and puts a ton of time into writing a program that’s always getting safer and more effective. Read about the principles behind our program here.
“I’m going to get bulky”
I’ve heard this from some men too, but mainly women. Let’s leave issue of what women’s bodies “should” look like for another blog post, or maybe even it’s own book, and just focus on hormones and biology.
It’s actually pretty tough for women to get “bulky” simply due to the balance of testosterone to estrogen in a woman’s body in comparison to a man’s. The women that you do see that are bulky, didn’t get that way by accident. If you do find yourself unable to fit into any of you clothes due to your bulging muscles after lifting weights for a bit and not changing your diet too much, please tell us how you did it!
What most people are looking for though, is to get “tone”. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but “tone” refers to “muscle tone”. That’s what curves are, the muscle underneath the layer of skin and fat. If you want body recomposition, you need resistance training, it’s really that simple.
“I’m not fit enough”
At REP we’ve trained everyone from cancer survivors, the elderly, deaf people, the obese, kids, people with mental disabilities and former division 1 athletes. Literally anyone can do CrossFit.
We don’t like to use the word “excuses”, we prefer “priorities”. For instance we have clients that workout in order to balance some questionable dietary choices. They understand that their results won’t be as good, and they’re ok with that. Their priority is eating comfort foods with their family, and that’s ok. In the long term we’ll try to move them in a better direction, but framing things as excuses usually doesn’t work to motivate people, and can often reinforce the behavior we’d like to change.
The question we’d like to ask you is, “Are you ready to make your fitness a priority”? If the answer is yes then that’s all you need to get started. We’ll see you in health!