by Coach Leslie
If I had a dollar every time someone said to me they need to do more "cardio" to loose weigh or get into shape I could sell the gym and retire. Ask anyone who's never done CrossFit what you should do to get into shape and they'll tell you to start running. The long slow run has a tight grip on the misbelief that it is the best way to lose weight and get into shape.
Don't get me wrong, a long slow run has its place in a well round and varied fitness program. We regularly program 5 and 10k runs for the gym (Sweet Pea, Huffing for Stuffing, Run to the Pub.) It's also great for mental health. A long slow run can help you get into a mental state where you can either solve all of your problem, or completely forget about them.
However, the long slow run will not, exclusively, make you lose weight or get into shape. What helps you do both of those things? You guessed it, high intensity interval training AKA CrossFit
CrossFit is a general physical preparedness program with an aim to improve physical competence across 10 general physical skills. CrossFit methodology trains each skill so that all are improved; CrossFit does not specialize.
CrossFit has been the foundation of thousands of #transformationtuesday stories and understanding how and why it works can help you be more successful in writing your own transformation story. Enjoy this very good discussion about the CrossFit methodology and why it works so well.
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