6 It Forces us to Work on our Weaknesses
Most of the time it is easy to play to our strengths, focus on what we know what we are good at and shy away from the things that we don’t do well. Crossfit smashes this comfortable way of living into the dirt. If you are strong and flexible and you love the big Olympic lifts, but hate endurance, then during your Wods with distance work and lot’s of time on the rowing machines you may be right towards the back of your group. On the other hand, try a King Kong Wod and those Deadlifts and Muscle Ups might be right up your alley.
This is an incredibly healthy way to remind ourselves that we ALL, ALWAYS have things that we can do better and improve upon.
7 It Feels Good (release your inner Caveman / Cavewomen)
There is something primal and truthful about using your body in the way that it is supposed to move and function. We have a skeleton and a central nervous system, muscles, sinews and ligaments that make us able to jump and run and lift and move. We are not designed to hunch over desks or stare at the tv for 6 hours every night. Crossfit shocks your body into remembering that fact, and forces it to grow, strengthen and work hard. And how will your body react? Well, by burning off the excess fat, building muscle and strengthening your heart and lungs for a start.
During a Crossfit Wod, your body releases adrenalin and endorphins, which make you feel positive. If you make Crossfit a regular part of your life, then oxytocin (a chemical that causes feelings of satisfaction due to routine and conditioning) will also provide you with another reason to feel good. Think of the feeling of the chalk on your hands, or the slap of your shoes against the hard floor during lifts and I bet it stirs good feelings, that’s oxytocin at work.