Blog Header Image



January 17, 2024

Who Should Do CrossFit?

Is CrossFit for me?

We hear these questions all the time. It's totally understandable. When you see CrossFit competitors like Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Tia Claire Toomey, and any other elite CrossFitter lifting unfathomable weights and sprinting across fields it can be hard to believe that CrossFit is for everyone.

Elite CrossFitters have different needs and goals than the average CrossFitter
An Elite CrossFitter

But here's something to consider: Would you refuse to play a game of basketball or football with friends because you have no desire to do what NBA or NFL players do?

Sounds ridiculous, right? Of course it is. Because there is a difference between professional sports and participating for leisure and fitness.

And so it is with CrossFit.

"Saying CrossFit isn't for you because you don't want to be elite is like saying you won't get on the interstate because you're afraid you'll turn into a NASCAR driver. There is a difference between Professional Sports and the rest of us: our goals."

What you see on TV and social media is the SPORT of CrossFit, which is something like 1% of CrossFit Participants. The rest of the global CrossFit community is full of people like you. Yup, you.

How can I know that when I never have met you? 

Simple. Because chances are if you live in the western world one or more of the following conditions affect you directly or run in your family: pre-diabetic, behavioral health concerns, arthritis, feeling lonely and wanting community, high/borderline blood pressure, high cholesterol, or maybe being a little softer or larger than you'd like. There's also a good chance that all your health markers are fantastic and you just want to be able to enjoy life and keep with your friends, kids, and grandkids, or get up the stairs without running out of breath.

And if you're reading this blog post, it's likely because something on this list hits close to home. And that makes you and anyone like you perfect for CrossFit.

Ninety-nine percent of the people who show up to work out at a CrossFit affiliate are just average joes and jodis looking to improve their health over the long term. And perhaps get stronger and feel better when looking at their naked body in the mirror. ;-)

CrossFit is literally for everyone.

"The needs of the elderly and professional athletes differ by degree, not kind.  Where one needs functional competency to maintain independence, the other needs functional mastery to maintain dominance.  Improved hip capacity will help a pro ball player’s throw to first; it will also reduce the chances of grandpa falling in the tub.  The squat is the perfect tool for both." ~Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder
CrossFit is for everyone. Body size, health markers, and fitness level have no bearing.

Sure, there are all different ability levels within the typical CrossFit gym. On a squat day you may observe someone squatting 300 pounds and another squatting with PVC pipe; both sweating and grunting, working equally as hard.

Every time you set foot in your CrossFit gym, the coach will align the workout to meet you where you are at and keep you progressing towards your goals, whether that's increasing balance and stability or dominating a competition in your age group.

This is why CrossFit is for everyone. The desired outcomes may be different, but they are still driven by the same needs.

But don't I need to be fit to do CrossFit? That's for a future blog post. But the short answer is NO. Just get started. Do you want to improve your health and fitness? Do you want to feel better? Then it's time to seize the day. Click the link to book your Free Intro and let's have a chat about how we can get you there.

Oh, and one more thing. If you already belong to an affiliate and the workouts aren't being scaled and modified to meet your needs and goals; chat with the coach and owner. If after that there is no improvements then come chat with us. At CrossFit Falcon View, it's about more than just a good workout. It's about you.

Continue reading