For many people CrossFit can be scary. Mainly because there are a lot of unknowns and preconceptions associated with it. I decided to do a 2 week trial at CrossFit Newmarket Central. I know someone who does it occasionally and enjoys it, so I decided to give it a try. Here are some of the common myths and a little explanation of what I experienced:
1 - You need to have experience in lifting/exercise techniques
Technique while exercising is very important. As someone who prescribes exercises, it is more important that an individual does the move correctly (consistently) before they progress the exercise to include more reps and/or weight. During all of the sessions in Newmarket the trainers instructed us on the technique and had us performing the exercises with little or even no weight beforehand while observing each of us to make sure there were no major faults. If you are new to a specific exercise, be sure to tell the trainer and ask for some tips! Don’t be shy - that is what they are there for.
2 - You have to be able to lift heavy loads
The popular videos on YouTube and Facebook show people lifting heavy weights successfully (or unsuccessfully), giving the impression that only people who can lift heavy weights do CrossFit. You would not expect to go out on a field and play soccer like Cristiano Ronaldo or swim like Michael Phelps. Nor would you be discouraged and decide not to play simply because you are aware you cannot play like them. Like any sport or activity you start at the bottom and work your way up. With experience, training, hard work, and fun you can improve - with CrossFit this may mean you start with the lightest weights and gradually work your way up as they become easier. Leave your pride at the door - start small and slowly add weights until you’re at a level that is good for you.
3 - You will get injured if you do CrossFit
Like any physical activity there is a risk of injury - this can occur if you ignore technique, lift weights that are too heavy, increase weight too fast or too soon, and most importantly if you don’t listen to your body. One of the first sessions I did, the coach recommended I strive for a lower calorie count on the rowing machine than the general recommendation. While my pride stung a bit, this was good advice - had I pushed myself too fast too soon, it is possible I would
have gone home with heat exhaustion. I used that number as a baseline for future sessions and was able to increase it (slowly) with time.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.