Is it just us or is no one mildly into CrossFit? The people who love CrossFit really love CrossFit... and the rest of the world seems to think the "sport of fitness" is basically out to kill them. While it certainly can be dangerous, it can also be an efficient and powerful addition to an otherwise varied exercise routine, depending on your particular fitness goals. But the intimidating nature of the most hardcore fans might keep you from knowing so.
To help take the intimidation factor down a notch, we spoke to Hollis Molloy, coach and owner at CrossFit Santa Cruz, and Austin Malleolo, head coach at Reebok CrossFit One in Boston, to get the details on what to expect at your first workout.
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One of the major complaints against CrossFit is the high price tag, but you get what you pay for, says Molloy. Plus, the amount of coaching and the community aspect are unlike what you'd get with a membership to a typical gym or even with a few personal training sessions each month, he says.
Also, keep in mind that big fans spend a good deal of time at their gyms. Going three times a week will certainly give you results, says Molloy, but it's the people who train five or six times a week that have "radical, life-changing" results, he says.
Maybe that's part of the reason there's such a strong sense of community among CrossFit devotees. There's a lot of mystery around this bonding process, admits Molloy, but he supposes it's got something to do with going through a trying experience together. "The shared highs and lows—the frustrations and the great successes—that really bonds people," he says.
Malleolo agrees. "[We're] like-minded individuals in pursuit of a common goal."