4 Common CrossFit Misconceptions

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Written by Danni Krumins

Haven’t tried CrossFit yet? Is it because of something you heard from a friend, relative, or online? Check out four common misconceptions below and then let us help you get started on the path to your best self!

CrossFit is for athletes and people that are already in shape

One of the great things about CrossFit is its scalability. There are numerous ways to modify any exercise or workout to a person’s ability level or physical limitations, while still challenging them. Can’t do a pull-up? Grab a band. Can’t handle the prescribed (RX) weight for today’s WOD? Drop the weight to what you can do – correctly and safely. When we scale an exercise we are modifying to a regression that allows the athlete to increase strength towards the full RX exercise or to a movement that has the same intention as the RX exercise.

Moro Performance [CrossFit Celer Silens Mortalis] has members of a variety of ages, athletic backgrounds and ability levels. In any class we will have a mix of athletes working at different levels of scaled or RX for that day’s workout. Scaling allows our members to stay safe and healthy, it allows them to get from where they started to where they want to be, and it allows them to get a great workout in rather than standing and staring at something the entire time and not being able to do it.

CrossFit is dangerous

One of the most common misconceptions about CrossFit is that you will get seriously injured doing it. From CNN, “Do you know what is dangerous? Every sport ever invented. Do you know a soccer player who’s torn their ACL, or tennis players who has sprained, strained or broken their ankle? You have, right? Have you ever suffered from I-T Band syndrome after running?…”

Injuries, more often than not, aren’t caused by CrossFit itself but by the participants who fail to listen to coaches, try to lift more weight than they are ready for, perform moves incorrectly, push themselves too hard, or even receive poor coaching.

At Moro Performance safety is one of our number one concerns and focus points. If our members are injured they can’t be in the gym and we can’t be helping them work towards their goals. We start all new members off in our Foundations program. Here, they will be introduced to the main movements they will see in class as well as put through some basic CrossFit style workouts (WODs). This will ensure that they are using the proper technique, going through the full range of motion (ROM) and have some experience with the WODs before jumping into class.

CrossFit is like the CrossFit Games on TV

Since the start of the CrossFit Games in 2007, the sport and fitness regimen of CrossFit has become “one of the fastest growing sports in America” according to Forbes. But it hasn’t always been so well known. After signing a deal with Reebok in 2010 and becoming The Reebok CrossFit Games, its exposure and participation has increased tremendously. You can now even watch the Games on ESPN. But what you see on TV and in social media is CrossFit the sport, where the top 1% of elite athletes compete to find the Fittest on Earth. 

At Moro Performance, you will be doing CrossFit the workout: An hour long class designed to increase overall fitness using a variety of movements like box jumps, pull-ups, handstands, squats, cleans, kettlebell swings and many more. And the only person you have to compete against is you.

CrossFit is the same at every gym

CrossFit is not a franchise – each CrossFit affiliate gym is independently owned and operated. This means that every CrossFit gym is different. Owners are free to operate their gym however they see fit. Each gym will also have its own programming, it’s own coaching styles, and its own overall ‘feel’ to the gym. All of these factors can influence your decision when choosing a CrossFit gym depending on your goals and what you are looking for. 

At Moro Performance we take pride in several features that make us different from every other CrossFit gym: 

Our highly skilled and experienced coaches give members the confidence that they are learning the correct technique and progressions to perform all movements safely and properly to become fitter every day. Founder, Anthony Moro has over 10 years of CrossFit training experience and multiple certifications such as CrossFit Level 1 & 2, personal training, kettlebells, calisthenics, eight years of special operations experience, and more. Also on staff are Lisa and Danni. Lisa is a certified personal trainer, Precision Nutrition specialist, calisthenics coach, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Danni is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and has multiple Gymnastics coaching certifications from the National Coaching Certification Program. As a team, we work to make sure our members are receiving the quality coaching that they need to achieve their goals. 

Our flexible class schedule allows members to pick and choose from various class times based on what is convenient for their schedule. Classes are also kept small (capped at 14 people) in order to give each person in class the attention that they deserve. You won’t be left behind in the back of the class struggling with a movement. 

If the class style of workout isn’t for you, or if you just want some extra help to work on weaknesses, Moro Performance also offers personal training that allows you to work one-on-one with one of our coaches who will develop a program specifically for you based on your goals.

Exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand. Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or increase overall performance, it is important to be fueling your body with the proper amount and type of food. Moro Performance offers different levels of one-on-one nutritional coaching, from consultations to personalized plans and ongoing coaching. You and Lisa will work together to help you to create change and habits that will last a lifetime. 

When you become at member at Moro Performance you are joining more than just a CrossFit gym, you are becoming part of an amazing community. Our members are a huge part of what makes coming to Moro Performance so great. They will celebrate with you when you get a new PR, they will cheer for you and push you through your workout even though they are gasping for air right next to you, and they will inspire you to continue to work towards your goals and keep challenging yourself. 

But, it goes beyond just your 1 hour long class each day, Moro Performance also hosts social events/activities in and out of the gym throughout the year that are open for members and their families to attend. In the past, some of  these events have been Christmas themed WODs & Potluck, bowling, Memorial Day Murph, and our annual anniversary celebration.

Contact us to see how we can help you start your journey with us.

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