As a Chiropractor I am often asked if Crossfit is dangerous. Most people are surprised to hear that I am a big fan of Crossfit and I think it has done wonders for our society. Crossfit can often appear intimidating from the outside, but when you find a box (Crossfit gym) with a coach and community that is right for you it can be transformative. I have seen many people who have had little training background start Crossfitting, find a passion for it and transform their body and minds to be strong and resilient. This is the benefit of Crossfit in my eyes. A supportive community that is there for to support every individual to become fitter, healthier and a better version of themselves.
Do injuries occur? Of course. Like any sport, injuries are often a part of the process. This is where a great coach is needed. A great coach will not over train, will teach you good form and how to listen to your body. A great coach will know when to pull you back and when to progress and push you further. Injury risk can be reduced just by not training beyond your ability, recovering well and listening to your body.
One of the other great things I believe Crossfit does for individuals is give them a larger movement library. Teaching people to move in ways they never have before. Crossfit has a large variety of movements and skills to be learnt and this process builds better minds and bodies. This variety allows the body to change and adapt and never become used to one particular type of training.
Crossfit should not be viewed as bad or dangerous, rather it should be viewed as an antidote to a society plagued by sedentary living. Injuries may occur, however, some aches and pains from training will never out way the plethora of health benefits that come from this form of training. If you haven’t tried it before, give it a go!