05 Aug The G-Force Source: Quashing Myths And Speaking Truths
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
— Malcolm X
Myths, legends, faith, rumour, gossip, science… which do you believe? Lies and truths are spread around the world like a bad round of Chinese whispers, and when it comes the time to try to deduce the truth, who and what do you believe? Myths, lies, rumour and gossip are some of types of information that need to be treated with little-to-no weight as there’s rarely any sustainable evidence to make it worth consideration. Faith is something we won’t go into because that’s a touchy subject and with the ungodly amount of political correctness drowning society, it’s best left alone. Science, however, is worth your attention. Why? Because science provides results and evidence of its hypotheses and there’s usually little room for debate.
There are plenty of myths and lies about CrossFit that the oblivious and ignorant individual would know no better unless educated. The science of CrossFit is indisputable; the evidence of its methodologies providing results are world-renowned. Many lives have been changed for the better because of the hard-hitting truths of what our sport is all about. From the obese to the injured, the mentally and intellectually challenged to the physically disabled, CrossFit boxes (what we call our gyms) have been a proving ground for making the impossible possible using basic movement patterns. Of course, the average Joe is going to benefit greatly as well by using those same basic movement patterns and eventually increasing their difficulty to more advanced movements. This is our sport and those are the reasons why we love it!
The G-Force Source–our fortnightly CrossFit blog–is here to educate. This edition of The Source is going to put some of CrossFit’s most horrible lies and myths to rest and speak some serious truths. In your best Jack Nicholson impersonation, say to yourself: “You CAN handle the truth!” Because the truth may just turn your life around.
Myth: I have to be elite to join the CrossFit cult.
TRUTH: CrossFit is suitable for people of all ages, sizes, shapes and capabilities. Ever heard of scaling? It’s what we at G-Force call a cornerstone of the CrossFit methodology. It’s where every movement can be scaled to suit your capabilities without sacrificing challenging you to improve. You can read more about scaling here in a previous edition of our blog.
Myth: CrossFit will make me bulky.
TRUTH: “Constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity.” Have you heard that wording before? It’s the basic definition of CrossFit and we want you to focus on the end of that statement: high intensity. Conditioning is a large part of our programming and depending on your goals, your body will change. If you wish to put on size, adjusting your diet will assist you with building boulder shoulders or becoming She-Hulk. If you’re wishing to cut fat, you will do just that with high intensity movement. G-Force programming is adaptable to your goals.
Myth: CrossFit causes all of the injuries to everyone in the world and is dangerous.
TRUTH: How about no, Scott, OK? (Please tell me you’ve seen Austin powers…) The hard-hitting truth here is, CrossFit is a sport and any sport, even lawn bowls, can cause injury to its athletes. Anyone who doesn’t do CrossFit is quick to blame CrossFit for breaking humans but those naive people are quick to forget that standing in front of a mirror doing dumbbell bicep curls can just as easily cause a bicep tear if over-performed or not performed correctly. Smart programming, smart eating, looking after the body and listening to your coaches are the tools you need to avoid injury. The G-Force coaches have been in the industry for years and live and breathe what they teach. Listen to them, let them be your Jedi Master and you will be in safe hands.
Myth: CrossFit takes too long and I don’t have the time.
TRUTH: That myth is just clear representation of laziness. If you want to make changes, you make time. Training sessions are typically one hour and you’ll find a long list of coached session times throughout the working day and weekend to get yourself into. G-Force is open seven days a week with nine sessions on weekdays and coached sessions on weekends including Sunday. You won’t find those opening hours common in the CrossFit world.
Myth: It’s so expensive!
TRUTH: You get what you pay for. If you want quality coaching and a proven methodology to make your life better, then you’ll look past the bill. Most people pay for memberships plus personal trainers and don’t get any real, tangible, visible results. That’s hefty on more than just the wallet. Break down the pricing and think of having a personal trainer watching you every time you train and you’ll realise it’s not that expensive.
Myth: It’s a cult and no one is friendly to outsiders.
TRUTH: The CrossFit community is one of the best groups I have been a part of and for more reasons than one. G-Force is exemplary of the idea of community through its mateship and camaraderie, as well as the overwhelming motivation from coaches and fellow athletes that you will make friends with and see outside of the sweat box. The sense of togetherness is blatantly evident and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, it sounds all cutesy but it’s the truth. Newcomers aren’t shunned but rather welcomed with open arms. Yes, more being cutesy.
Don’t be fooled by what you read and hear from the uninformed. Instead, come and see us to learn for yourself what we’re raving on about. The science is sound.