“CrossFit won’t just transform your body,” an acquaintance once told me, “it will change everything—who you are, how you view the world, what you think is possible.”

I’m a big believer in the life-changing power of being fit, but . . .  really? I felt like I was being pitched on an MLM, not a workout program.

This type of talk is common in the CrossFit universe, which has enjoyed tremendous success in the last decade. There are over 13,000 CrossFit affiliates (gyms) around the world, and CrossFitters are some of the most passionate fitness folk you’ll ever meet.

But is it everything the true believers claim it to be? Is it really the best way to get fit? Does it really transform mere “working out” into something transcendent?

Or is it just another fad with nothing particularly special to offer other than an increased risk of injury and overtraining, as many of its detractors claim?

Well, the long story short is this:

CrossFit can absolutely help you get in great shape, and depending on the coach you work with, it’s not as dangerous as some people would have you believe.

That said, CrossFit is not the best way to gain muscle and strength and lose fat, which is why many people get into it in the first place.

Let’s find out why . . .  

Time Stamps:

3:49 – What is CrossFit? 

6:55 – What are the positives of CrossFit? 

13:11 – What are the negatives of CrossFit? 

17:57 – How does CrossFit measure up with gaining muscle and strength?   

22:04 – What’s the best way to improve cardio and gain muscle and strength?

23:27 – Is CrossFit good for fat loss? 

30:28 – Should I do CrossFit? 

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19448698

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17095931

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22002517

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5093324/

https://www.acefitness.org/certifiednews/images/article/pdfs/ACE_CrossfitStudy.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22446673

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13594881

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27328853

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