Is CrossFit for you?
Simply put, yes! CrossFit can be done by anyone and everyone. Our goal at BlackHorse is to make people as healthy as possible with fitness, movement, and nutrition as our main avenues of approach. If you look at the above image, our job is to make sure we move people from left to right on the graph:
"Sickness" could include (but is not limited to) the following: high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, little to no strength, stamina, or flexibility.
"Wellness" would include little to none of the above mentioned in sickness, plus emotional health, lower stress levels, healthy biomarkers, and more.
"Fitness" will include above average readings on the above mentioned biomarkers (low body fat %, high bone density, free of pain, overall total body strength, etc...). Simply put, "fitness" (when done right) can provide a great margin of protection against the ravages of time and disease.
Our needs in life only vary by degree, not kind. What does this mean? This means that we all need to squat (imagine going to the bathroom or standing up after sitting down), we all need to be able to pick things up off the floor, we all need to put items overhead in some fashion, and we all need to be able to push ourselves up off the floor should we ever slip/get knocked down. The beauty of our programming is, the same workout that can make an NFL linemen stronger is the same workout that can make an 80 year old grandparent stronger. Everything is scalable to a degree that allows you to get the most out of each workout. Below are three common misconceptions about CrossFit and fitness in general
Myth #1: Crossfit is too hard/I will get hurt
CrossFit believes in 3 components: Efficacy (what will be my results), Efficiency (how fast can i get my results), and Safety (Will i get hurt). One guarantee is you can have near 100% safety at the cost of little to no efficacy/efficiency. Any program that is 100% safe is going to be 100% not as effective. Period. What does this mean? This means we balance the three to ensure you will get the results you want to see at a pace that will allow you to keep doing this for years to come. Any physical fitness routine runs some risk of injury, but we teach everyone the proper form/technique of every movement and therefore reduce the risk of injury. Once form is there, we introduce intensity. Our coaches are here to ensure this proper form and to help every member achieve the level of intensity that will allow for the best results, all while focusing on doing so in a safe manner
Myth #2: Lifting weights will make me bulky/is dangerous
Sorry ladies, the idea that you'll get bulky by lifting weights is a myth! Lifting weights can help increase muscle mass, yes. Some women will show this more than others naturally. There is no lifting weights "just to tone" vs "bulking up." Simply put, the less body fat you have in comparison to your muscle mass, the more defined your muscles will be. But the secret is, your appearance and how you look in the mirror (when it comes to your body at least) is closer to 90% diet, 10% everything else. You can lift all the weights everyday, light or heavy weight, but if you have a poor diet, you won't see many changes aesthetically.
Lifting weights is no more dangerous than any other form of physical exercise... (kinda). If you are taught proper technique and you build your capacity gradually, lifting weights isn't dangerous. Now if you try to lift too much weight too soon, or without proper form/technique, you most definitely run the risk of injury! This is why we build gradually and make sure we are properly warmed up as well! Click the "learn more" button to read an article written in Time magazine about other benefits to a weightlifting/strengthening routine!
Myth #3: crossfit is for younger, and/or in shape people
We get this a lot, on both ends. While we do agree that it can be intimidating at first, it is without a doubt not just for the younger crowd or people who are already in shape. In fact, CrossFit's goal is to get you in the best shape of your life.. and the best part? it doesn't matter where you're starting at! The best thing you can do is just get started, and we can help. Click the "learn more" button and we can get you in touch with one of our coaches and on your way to starting your fitness journey!