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CrossFit

What Else You Should Know continued...

At Home: Yes, but it can be tricky if you’re new to it. If you do it at home, you’ll need an equipped gym.

Equipment Required: Yes. You can use the equipment at any of the company’s 7,000 licensed CrossFit gyms, which they call “boxes.” If you plan to do it somewhere else, whether it's at home or at another gym, you'll need a weight set and a place to do pull-ups and dips, at least.

What Dr. Michael Smith Says:

If you’re looking for a challenging workout to take your fitness and body to the next level, CrossFit will do just that. It’s a very well-rounded program, providing vigorous aerobic exercise along with muscle strengthening and even flexibility. But it’s also very intense, so it’s not for everyone.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start with something else to get your body used to exercise before taking on CrossFit. The intensity makes it better suited to people who are used to regular activity. Even then, take it slow and pace yourself. This workout will kick your butt even if you’re in great shape.

Given the intensity, one of the main disadvantages to CrossFit is the risk of injury. It’s easy to push yourself beyond your body’s abilities, so be extra careful.

Because it’s so intense, CrossFit isn’t something you want to do every day. But it’s an excellent way to mix up your workouts to help prevent exercise boredom.

Is It Good for Me if I Have a Health Condition?

Getting fit is a vital step to successfully treating diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. CrossFit can certainly help you do that and lose any extra weight, too.

But it’s intense. Get your doctor’s OK. If you’re not already active, do other exercise programs first to get your body used to moving. When you’re ready, give CrossFit a try.

If you have heart disease, CrossFit will likely be too much for your heart. Less intense workouts will probably be a better fit; and always check with your doctor before jumping into any new exercise.

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