1-CrossFit is dangerous.
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about CrossFit is that by doing it, you’re likely to get injured. People assume that every CrossFit affiliate (gym) operates in the exact same manner, so if someone were to get injured as a result of bad programming or bad coaching (respective to one specific CrossFit gym), people will think that doing CrossFit at every and any CrossFit gym is dangerous. We will go more into detail below, but for now it is good to know that every affiliate operates independently from one another—which means that on occasion someone may come across an affiliate that has bad coaching and bad programming(this is becoming less common). As CrossFit continues to grow and develop the majority of CrossFit coaches and affiliates are in high standing, and they do their utmost to ensure that their athletes can safely get a good workout in each of their classes. What we have noticed is that injuries normally happen when an athlete’s fails to check their ego (attempting to do too much when scaling is the better option). It’s important to remember that CrossFit is a training methodology and a sport for some. When doing anything in life there is always a risk, walking down the stairs in the morning, crossing the street or playing pickup basketball.
2-You need to have an athletic background in order to do CrossFit.
Nope. While many people who played sports in high school or college are naturally drawn to the challenge that CrossFit provides, you don’t have to have an athletic background as a prerequisite to be able to do it. Every affiliate has members that come from all walks of life, and that includes those people who had hobbies growing up other than sports. But what connects all of us is a shared passion for health and our overall well-being —no prerequisites required.
3-You need to be ‘in shape’ to do CrossFit.
Just as you don’t need to have athletic experience to do CrossFit, don’t assume that you need a certain level of fitness to join CrossFit Reformation. One of the great things about CrossFit Reformation is that we offer different progression so that anyone of our member feels comfortable. If you can’t do strict pull-ups, then use a band to make it easier (though still challenging). Don’t feel comfortable handling certain weight in a workout? Drop the pounds to a more suitable level.
4-CrossFit isn’t for the elderly.
Not true. Sure, the athletes in their 20’s and early 30’s might be the ones ‘in their prime’, but every affiliate will have senior members working out along side their younger counterparts, totally kicking butt. Because of the different options in our programming, specific needs of older athletes (range of motion, mobility, joint and health issues) can be taken into consideration and workouts modified so that they are able to exercise safely but at a high intensity (relative to them). As CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman states to current and prospective CrossFit coaches, “Be impressed with intensity, not volume.” And if you want some extra proof that the oldies can excel in this sport, consider that the CrossFit Games is one of the few sporting competitions in the world that has age divisions for Teens (14-15, 16-16) and Masters (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+) in addition to the divisions for the Individual Men, Women and Teams.
5-CrossFitters are only into CrossFit.
Yes, people who do CrossFit are pretty passionate about it, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to try other things if it can help us achieve our goals. Many members at CrossFit Reformation see the value in doing Yoga regularly as a means to increase our mobility, soothe sore joints and muscles and get away from the high-intensity nature of the gym. Some of our members swim, run, bike, hike and play all kinds of sports as a part of their active recovery, for the specific skills they can develop through doing them (agility, coordination, balance, etc.) and for simple enjoyment. Even the highest-level CrossFit athletes will step into powerlifting gyms to build their strength and power, or seek out the services of running coaches to improve their form. The point is that CrossFit coaches will encourage you to try different activities if it means helping you to achieve your goals. For some people CrossFit is all they want to do, but it’s not the only option out there—and we won’t deny that.
6-All CrossFit gyms are the same
This is a common misconception that needs to be clarified. First of all, CrossFit Headquarters does not run its gyms in a franchise system (as an LA Fitness would, for example). In fact, each CrossFit affiliate is independently owned and operated. The owners of an affiliate are free to program, market and operate as they see fit. This gives owners and coaches a lot of freedom, but also means that no two CrossFit gyms are the same(this could be good or bad.) Depending on the coaching, equipment, space, programming, membership fees and general ‘vibe’ of the classes, you can experience the whole spectrum of CrossFit gyms It’s up to you to find the one that best matches your goals and lifestyle. We recommend trying multiple gyms before joining one.
7-CrossFit the training program and CrossFit the sport are the same.
Nope: What you see at the CrossFit Games and what you see/do at CrossFit Reformation are two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS. The CrossFit Games is the sporting version of CrossFit that was developed to find the fittest in the world(some would argue this). It involves a three-stage qualifying process. Now, the athletes who make it there represent less than 1% of all CrossFitters worldwide. They are the elite, and you won’t find them in most CrossFit gyms. The workouts they do at the Games are unique to that competition—you can’t even do the majority of them at your average CrossFit gym! At Reformation our goal is to educate every one of our members with proper technique and set long-term goals that will have you improve over a period of time. A games athlete is out to compete and win a competition.
8-As a woman, if I do CrossFit, I’ll get bulky.
Once again, many women watch the female Games athletes who compete on TV and assume that if they do CrossFit, they’ll end up looking ‘like them’ (I personally don’t see anything wrong with wanting to look like an elite-caliber athlete, but hey, everyone is different!). We won’t get into all the details, but women have to train and eat with the specific intention of putting on mass in order to do so. To look like a CrossFit Games Athlete you have to train for hours and hours, and that is just one of the many things required to make it to the CrossFit Games.
9-You don’t do real pull-ups in CrossFit.
Yes, we do. Strict pull-ups are an excellent exercise for building strength and are regularly programmed into Reformation’s workouts for those specific reasons. Now, many people who watch videos of CrossFit online ridicule two variants of the pull-up that are commonly performed by someone who does CrossFit, known as the ‘kipping’ and ‘butterfly’ pull-up. These options of the pull-up use hip extension to generate upwards momentum and help someone cycle through a series of pull-ups far quicker than they can when doing them strict. Should everyone be doing kipping or butterfly pull-ups? NO, we believe that it is important to develop strength first and then if the individual feels the need to we will teach the kipping or butterfly pull up. We have members that don’t care to do a kipping pull up and we are ok with that.
10-CrossFit is a fad.
Some people believe that CrossFit is simply another fitness fad that will start to go out of style once people move on to something new—similar to what happened to P90X or Jazzercise. Yes, some gyms have closed but if we look at the numbers, they tell a different story. There are now more than 1o,000 gyms worldwide(last time I checked), and new ones are opening every day. On top of that, since when has a fitness fad developed its own sporting competition with big-time sponsors and media coverage? The CrossFit Games are sponsored by Reebok and broadcast by ESPN. Majority of CrossFit Games Athletes have big name sponsors like Nike. Hundreds of businesses have sprung up as a result of CrossFit’s success. There are local CrossFit-style competitions held every weekend around the country. That doesn’t sound like a fad to me, but hey what do you have to lose. We invite you to join one of the biggest fitness fads in the world.