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CrossFit for Health VS CrossFit for Competition

Why do you CrossFit? Is it to live a healthy lifestyle, is it to find yourself on a podium, or is it simply to look good naked? People CrossFit for many different reasons but what people do not know is that those reasons should dictate their approach to CrossFit. This is a quick article to give my “two cents” (my opinion) on the subject.

“But I like to do a competition every now and then for fun”

Doing CrossFit for health reasons requires you to only visit your local box, CrossFit Heerlen, 2-4 times a week, make healthy nutrition decisions, and live an active lifestyle (bike rides, hikes, obstacle runs, rowing, and much more). This is not too different than what a competitor would do, however one the major differences happens within the gym. If you are not someone who desires to stand on that podium is there a reason for you to do butterfly pull-ups, handstand walks, squat 150 kg, or have a sub three minute Fran? NO. Can you still do those things if you want to? YES.

If you are not a competitor it doesn’t mean you are not giving your all. It just means you have different goals. For non-competitors, there is no reason to feel that you have to do those extraordinary movements and weights unless it is a personal goal of yours. If you want to snatch your body-weight that is awesome, and I (all the coaches) am here to help you. If you want to do strict pull-ups that is awesome, and I am here to help you. If you just want to be able to lift and hug your kids/grandkids for years to come that is awesome, and again CrossFit Heerlen is here to help you.

However…

If that podium is what you desire, then you also need to understand a few things.

  • No movement is off limits and you must excel at all of them.
  • Hours and hours will be spent on technique alone.
  • You will be more prone to injury. Look at any competitive sport, professional or amateur, injury happens. So you must spend extra time on recovery and rehab.
  • Your time for training will go beyond the hours of CrossFit Heerlen. So a lot of work must be accomplished at home.
  • You will have to make sacrifices.
  • You will need to educate yourself as much as possible, smart athletes make better athletes. *This actually applies to CF for health as much as Sport. The more you know the better.
  • Understand the difference between competing and training. This again applies to both Health and Sport. I will address this in a future article.
  • And so much more…
  • “But Coach DL I like to do a competition every now and then for fun.” – athlete

    This is not absolute, there is a gray area. It is not only competitors and only those who do it for health. You may find yourself in the middle somewhere. I myself get into “moods” where I like to compete and there are times where I hate competing. The bottom line of this article is that you are not required to strict press your bodyweight, do muscle-ups, or complete Murph Rx; we just ask you give your all and have fun doing it.

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