I covered in a different post how joining a CrossFit gym like Delaware Fit Factory is a great way to meet like-minded people and forge long-lasting friendships. Great, we've made friends and we're having fun. But what happens when our progress slows? What happens when some of the "newbie novelty" of a workout program wears off?
In CrossFit, specifically at Delaware Fit Factory, that doesn't happen. As I've mentioned before CrossFit is CONSTANTLY VARIED functional movement at high intensity. The workouts are very rarely the same, and when they are it's more of a celebration or a test to see progress over a long period of time. There is no monotony. No tedious routines of sets and reps. Always a new way to test yourself.
And then there is the community. In an article on MensHealth.com, Bob Corb, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in sport psychology, weighs in on group training such as CrossFit. “Group workouts promote 'adherence;' when there is a commitment to somebody else, we are more likely to show up.” When someone else is relying on you to show up and put in the work with them, you're much more likely to stick with it then you would if it were just you, your headphones, and a treadmill.
Dr. Rachel Tavel, PT, DPT, CSCS (of Men's Health) continues her article. "But group fitness is more than peer pressure. The community aspect of it makes for a supportive and encouraging environment, as Corb says, but there's more benefits than just giving you a reason to show up. Thanks to the positive social stimuli, you push harder. You reach higher. You run faster. This culture has made sweating and staying fit a central aspect of our social lives. Making friends and spending time with them while doing something intrinsically good for yourself can give you both common ground to build stronger relationships and extrinsic motivation to live a healthier life."
There you have it folks. No secret sauce or supplement. No gimmicks. Just a the world's greatest workout community holding itself accountable while practicing the most effective workout program in existence: constantly varied functional movement at high intensity.