With the growth in Crossfit workout programs and Crossfit-styled weight training over the last few years, it has been increasingly common for our members to ask us about how to integrate these types of workouts into their program, and whether or not intense workouts like Crossfit are going to help them meet their goals.
In this post we thought we’d take a look at some of the main questions we hear.
What To Know Before You Start Crossfit Training
Before you begin Crossfit, there are a few things you should know about the training regimen.
Crossfit is a brand, but over the last few years it has also become somewhat synonymous with a style of intense workouts that employ a “no pain no gain” philosophy towards weight training.
While there is nothing wrong with the program, we encourage all of our members to sit down with one of our specialists before beginning any strenuous workout regimen. Not every workout routine is right for every person, so be sure to check with a health specialist familiar with your individual case.
Know The Risks
Probably the biggest area for concern when it comes to Crossfit is one of over-working your muscles, which can lead to injuries both in the short or long term. A number of Crossfit athletes have reported injuries that may turn out to be chronic, lifelong injuries preventing them from additional competition.
The most serious cases have developed rhabdomyolysis, which is a complete breakdown of muscle tissue that comes from constant overuse and strain. In severe cases, rhabdo has been known to cause kidney cancer.
Do You Need A Protein Supplement?
In order to prevent injuries, most Crossfit athletes need to take some type of supplementation stack. The right supplement stack can not only prevent injury, but can also make sure that you take full advantage of your workouts, and refuel in a way that cements your progress and makes you a better weight lifter and overall endurance athlete in the long run.
The most common regimens include protein based supplements and protein shakes, which are most commonly taken post-workout.
Other Common Questions
In addition to the questions surrounding how to schedule your workout routine and find an approach that’s right for you, along with supplement-related questions, it’s also common for beginners to wonder about the total effects on their physical appearance, and a timeline for getting a shredded look.
While the stereotype of Crossfit is defintely for the buff, muscular physique over a lean look, that is by no means applicable to every single athlete. Sculpting the body you want is part of your initial consultation with Daisuki Health. Read more about our services and schedule an appointment today!