These myths are specifically for women. After all, there’s a lot of hype running around about getting “swole” and therefore, these 7 huge myths about CrossFit need to be addressed. Because really, most women don’t want to get huge.
Myth #1 You’ll Pass Out, Puke, or Die
If you’re like us, vomit is not an option. So, when we hear that it’s possible that participating in a CrossFit program can cause you to pass out, puke, or die, we choose to stay out of that box. However, this is simply untrue and that’s why it’s myth #1 on our list.
Though the workout might be entitled, “Death by Burpees,” rest assured, you’re not going to die. CrossFit is certainly known for its highly intensive routines, so it’s easy to understand why workout of the day (WOD) titles of that nature could cause some serious reticence among beginners.
Be advised, though, that if you don’t know how to gauge that kind of intensity, there is the potential for nausea to set in. So, don’t start out with intensity. Instead, learn technique and consistency. That will help you ease your way into the more dramatic workouts. Plus it will help keep you safe from injury.
If for some reason a WOD still makes you feel sick, stop. Allow your body the time necessary to recover. Don’t push yourself to the puke zone. Learn what’s a normal reaction to the discomfort this new exercise provides and what’s a more serious health related response.
Myth #2 You’re Going to Get Hurt
We won’t lie to you and tell you that you’re not going to get hurt. Let’s be real, any form of activity brings with it the potential for injury. Going up the stairs at work could hurt you, after all. So, assigning the potential for injury solely to your CrossFit participation is wholly unreasonable.
Consider this, Monica Eaton-Cardone admits that at her company, Chargebacks911®, “Even those with limited athletic ability enjoy (our) kickball tournaments and we regularly participate in charity run/walks. In fact, we recently completed the Tough Mudder obstacle course.” Would it make sense for employees to blame Chargebacks911 for injuries? No. Physical exertion in all forms can contribute to risk– plain and simple.
So, rather than placing blame, focus on preventative measures. Listen to your body. If it feels weird to do, say something. If it’s too heavy, don’t lift it. And, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated can help ease the pain of screaming muscles after a rigorous workout. Don’t forget the Omega 3s to reduce inflammation too!
Myth #3 Rhabdo is Inevitable
In case you haven’t heard this one, Rhabdomylosis is a serious (though rare) health issue that causes the fibers in overworked muscles to breakdown. Those fragments enter the bloodstream and can lead to kidney damage– even failure.
Yes, it’s been linked to CrossFit. But, it’s linked to other sports as well and has been for years. The biggest risk is attached to people who enter the box already fit. They have a tendency to believe that they can push things hardcore from the very beginning. But, they really need to allow their bodies to acclimate to the intensity and volume of exercise instead of flipping tires during their first workouts.
Myth #4 You’ll Get Swole for Sure
First of all, women don’t get swole as easily as men do. So, if that’s been keeping you away from the box, surrender the fear. Testosterone is what leads to serious bulk, and that’s not a hormone women have a lot of.
Yet, the images we see of CrossFit athletes may say otherwise.
Keep in mind that the people selected for those magazine and TV show appearances are in the top 50 of those participating in the program. That’s not representative of all CrossFit participants. In fact, most women will only drop a couple of dress sizes while shifting their body compositions. Yes, they’ll be toner, fitter, and stronger than they were in the beginning, but swole? Probably not!
As with any new health endeavor seek expert advice. Before you sign on to any weight loss or fitness program discuss your options with your healthcare provider. That will keep you safe.