Just like any exercise modality, its important to have the facts. Some things are more legit then others- some are just gimmicks. CrossFit involves high intensity workouts which can burn a high number of calories and help cross train to be good at anything instead of using the specificity principle to be good at one thing. I recall bringing crossfit to my exercise physiology teacher wondering if what they were doing was any good. ACE was also curious and did a study->Link below.
While crossfit can provide an amazing challenge to those who are already familiar with olympic lifting and high intensity workouts, I wouldn't recommend it to a novice exerciser or people with previous joint injuries. The idea of doing as many repititions as possible goes beyond normal fatigue and can lead to poor form which puts the participant further at risk. It also kicks your butt and gets results. Use caution when beginning any new exercise program- and make sure its something you enjoy!
- I believe in an organic approach to health, including personal accountability. I am a personal trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and I teach bootcamps, back and abs classes, TRX suspension training and Piyo- an athletic blend of yoga pilates, dance and more. I graduated Sonoma State University with my BS in Kinesiology, exercise science, and am in the process of getting my MBA from JFKU. California isn't a place- its a state of being ;)