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Is CrossFit® good for you?

CrossFit will produce a multitude of positive changes in your body, including increased strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and power, which will result in overall improvements in your  health. When you train at a CrossFit affiliate under a credentialed coach, workouts are tailored to meet you at your fitness level. This ensures you are performing movements safely and at an intensity level that is right for you. Through a combination of functional movements, varied exercises, repetition ranges, distances, and durations, your body undergoes a remarkable transformation — including changes in body composition that can help you reach your goals.

We’ll often hear from someone interested in starting CrossFit that they “don’t want to get bulky.” The illusion that regular CrossFit training on its own will result in someone becoming “bulky” is just that — an illusion. In truth, gaining significant muscle mass requires a precise prescription of exercise volume and nutritional habits that will not happen accidentally or by attending CrossFit classes once a day and eating a clean diet. That said, CrossFit can be utilized to help you gain muscle mass if that is your goal. Similarly, CrossFit is beneficial to someone hoping to lose weight rather than gain.

By engaging in high-intensity training across different workout times like we do in CrossFit, you’ll improve your metabolic flexibility, which enables your body to more efficiently use carbohydrates and fats to fuel exercise and recovery. An improvement in metabolic flexibility will ensure your body is fueled properly to perform well while also reducing your reliance on carbohydrates for energy and freeing up fat as fuel — meaning you’ll be more efficient and effective at burning fat, rather than carbohydrates, which is ideal for weight loss. The combination of improved performance and metabolic health yields a myriad of health benefits, including improved body composition, enhanced blood lipid profile, better blood sugar control, lower resting heart rate, improved blood pressure, and a range of many other health metrics that aid in weight loss.

Read more: https://www.crossfit.com/essentials/ask-a-coach-how-will-my-body-change-with-regular-crossfit-training