Firstly, I want you to take the title with a pinch of salt. Of course, I don’t think that all girls should do CrossFit, I am the first one to say that everybody should be doing the type of training they enjoy the most. Whether that’s CrossFit, running, interval training, boxing, swimming, cycling, bodybuilding or football, you name it…
This article is aimed at the girls who still haven’t tried anything that they are truly passionate about and contemplate about trying CrossFit but still have some doubts or worries.
Let me tell you why CrossFit is amazing….
Lifting will NOT make you BULKY
I really hope that nobody believes this myth anymore 🙄 but some people will still tell you this so I want to make this clear at the start.
It’s funny how people act as if getting ‘bulky’ or building a significant amount of muscle mass is something that just happens to you without even trying. 😂 A lot of bodybuilders would love if that was true.
First of all, due to levels of testosterone, it’s much harder for women to build muscles, secondly, whether your body gets smaller or bigger, primarily depends on a number of calories you’re eating.
Actually, weightlifting improves bone density, hormonal balance, mental health, promotes the growth of lean muscle tissue which in turn burns more calories which often results in improved body composition and fat loss. 🔥
In other words, weightlifting can actually change your body curves and shapes, which is not possible when just doing cardio. With weightlifting, you can build muscular lean legs, tighter waist, peachy butt and a strong upper body. And who doesn’t want that? 💪🏽
You’ll feel like a badass
What often happens when girls start doing CF is that they actually fall in love with weightlifting. And that’s simply because being able to overhead squat or jerk or snatch progressively heavier just makes you feel like a badass, makes you feel strong and unstoppable. And that feeling is kind of addictive. 😏
You won’t feel intimidated
When some girls start with weightlifting at the gym, they might feel intimidated because they think that other guys are lifting heavier than them and since it’s usually guys that do olympic lifting or bench pressing at the gym, they might even feel like they don’t belong to the weight room.
At the CF box, there are usually so many girls that you don’t feel intimidated at all. At the same time, here, nobody cares how much you’re lifting. As long as you give it your best, you’ll definitely get a pat on the back. And also, everybody was a beginner once and came in for a first CF class, so nobody will ever look down on you.
Everybody is good at something
Because CF comprises of so many movements and types of training, there is always one aspect in which you’ll be better than in another one and also even though you might not be able to squat as heavy as the other person, you might beat them in running. Therefore, nobody feels superior to other people and everybody has respect for everybody else. And that is just an amazing environment.
It’s a perfect all-round training
When following a good CF programming, in almost every session, you will get some strength training, you will work on your cardio, your mobility and your gymnastic skills. So the training is perfectly balanced and develops a few different aspects of your fitness such as strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, agility and balance. And everything is always scalable to your level, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to complete a workout or, on the other hand, not working hard enough, since the intensity is always the main focus.
Especially in weightlifting, it is essential that you get some guidance on your technique. In CF, you get this support at all times, which prevents injury, ensures your improvement and also gives you support and motivation.
While also, the training and workouts are already laid out for you which means you don’t need to think about it beforehand.
Chasing performance, not aesthetic goals
While I like that more and more girls go to the gym because they want to build a better and a stronger body, I also think that to do it just to pursue aesthetic goals is a bit empty, isn’t it? While also, these physique goals are often very abstract, girls want to build a booty, want to get lean, want to get abs and that’s very nice, but the problem is that girls will never be satisfied with the way they look, which is why they might feel that these goals are hard to reach. On the other hand, setting performance goals is much more concrete and reachable, make you feel accomplished while you will also improve your body composition in the process. 🙌🏽
It’s just so much more satisfying to PR your squat, get your first pull-up or run your fastest mile. And with that, you also grow mentally because you feel strong, accomplished and unstoppable.
No need for a ‘leg day’ or cardio
More and more people from the fitness community started to move away from the idea of a traditional ‘bodybuilding split’ where you dedicate a whole session on a particular part of the body and then ignore it for a week. More and more people started saying that engaging more than one body part in a workout proves much more effective for fat loss or just improving your fitness.
CF workout always incorporates different body parts since a big part of a CF workout is build around complex lifts that work the whole body such as a clean, squat, snatch or a deadlift. And what’s great about it is that you don’t even notice which part of the body you are working on until the next day when the DOMs hit you. ♿️
We all know that classic body building chat that everyone ‘hates cardio’ and that’s why everybody skips it. But that is because running on a treadmill for half an hour after your workout is actually awful and nobody enjoys it. CF however, incorporates cardio into WODs in so many different ways and always alternates it with strength work so it’s never the boring 20-minute treadmill torture.
Everybody who does CF will tell you this, simply because it’s true. CF box is different to your ordinary gym. It’s not that everybody just comes in to do their workout and doesn’t care about anything else. At the box, other people want you to do well, are happy about your progress, cheer you on not to give up and do the workout with you.
While also, you get to hang around people who are interested in the same stuff that you are and that is a healthy lifestyle so you’ll definitely build some great friendships there too!
And if some of you girls still aren’t persuaded, let me just say…there’re a lot of hot bodies around. 🙊
So, I’m not saying that you should join a cult and sign up for CF and not to do any other training ever again, I’m just saying that if you are thinking about it, you should give it a go and I guarantee you that will be hooked after the first week.