Why We Do This Thing Called CrossFit?

I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about for this month’s newsletter/blog. The goal with my blogs have always been to address coaching points that I don’t have the time to address during classes. In essence, I want to extend my ability to coach beyond the daily classes in order to help as many people as possible. So in deciding whether to cover training or nutrition or some other topic, a clear idea came to mind.

It’s common knowledge that training and exercise improves our lives. But let’s face it, all of us can get stuck in the mundane tasks of just getting through the day that we forget just how powerful CrossFit really is. This is just a reminder so that you all have reasons to continue showing up even when you don’t feel like it. Despite this list being long, it certainly isn’t exhaustive, there are far more. And all of these are very well researched.

 

Helps Lose Fat

Helps Build Muscle

Exercise is the Best Way To Delay the Consequences of Again

Strengthens Bones and Joints

Improves Hormone Health

Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Improves Skin Health

Can Help Reduce Overall Pain

Improves The Circulatory System and Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Improves Cholesterol

Reduces the Risk of Many Types of Cancer

Reduces Risk of Chronic Disease

Improves Overall Energy and Productivity

Improves Attention Span, Accuracy, Memory, Speed with which our Brains Process Information

Reduces Systemic Inflammation

Improves Sexual Function in Men and Women

Improves Sex Drive in Both Men and Women

Reduces Stress and Improves Mood

Boosts Time Management Skills

Improves Confidence and Self Esteem

Improves Sense of Well Being

Improves Sleep Quality

Increases Flexibility and Mobility

Helps Create Friendships

Boosts Overall Fitness and Capacity to do Physical Tasks

Reduces Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Decreases Recovery Time After Pregnancy

Improves Composition of Gut Microbiome

Improves Overall Gut Health, Reduces Symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Strengthens Muscles and Tendons

Improves Readiness For Other Sports

Lastly, It’s Fun

 

It’s important to note that the degree to which you train is the degree to which you claim the benefits above. Training once per week is better than nothing at all, but also doesn’t provide nearly the same benefit as training 3-5x per week. So stay consistent!

See you all in the gym everyone.

-Jonathan Jorgensen

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