WHAT CROSSFIT IS . . . AND ISN’T


What CrossFit is, and what people often perceive it to be, can be quite different.  This often leads to frustration when new clients join a CrossFit Pittsburgh Affiliate with specific goals in mind that don’t line up with what CrossFit is designed to achieve.  One area where we see this a lot is with fat loss.

WHAT CROSSFIT IS . . . 

CrossFit is a fitness program that will help you get into the best shape of your life.  It is constantly varied.  That means you should never be doing the same thing every day. The movements that make up CrossFit Pittsburgh workouts are functional.  Generally speaking, the movements will train you to be better at life, sport, military, etc.  Finally, CrossFit is performed at high intensity meaning you are putting your max effort into a workout in order to produce fitness related results.

Regardless of where you are starting, CrossFit will increase your work capacity. That means you will be able to accomplish more work without having to rest. You will be able to accomplish more work at various amounts of time doing an infinite number of different tasks. You will get stronger, you will get faster, you will become more coordinated and have better balance.

WHAT CROSSFIT ISN’T . . . 

Notice that the description of CrossFit does not include anything about losing weight or fat loss. CrossFit increases your ability to use your body in a functional manner. Nowhere does it say CrossFit will increase your work capacity while you lose weight. CrossFit’s definition does not state that you will perform constantly varied function fitness at high intensity while also shedding those extra pounds.

Yes, weight loss is often a by-product of doing CrossFit. However, CrossFit is not a weight loss program. In fact, some people gain weight through CrossFit because they add muscle to their body.

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CrossFit isn’t a dietary program. Zone, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Does It Fit within Your Macros are all dietary programs.  CrossFit talks about eating properly in its “Fitness in 100 Words,”

“EAT MEAT AND VEGETABLES, NUTS AND SEEDS, SOME FRUIT, LITTLE STARCH AND NO SUGAR. KEEP INTAKE TO LEVELS THAT WILL SUPPORT EXERCISE BUT NOT BODY FAT.”

However, this is not part of the definition of CrossFit.  This is part of what CrossFit believes is necessary to be FIT.

This is often the disconnect we see with people new to CrossFit. They join a CrossFit Affiliate with the belief that they will suddenly drop weight, lose belly fat, and get ripped just by showing up to do workouts 3-5 times per week without changing their diet. Unfortunately, you cannot overcome a bad diet simply by doing CrossFit. Three months in, new individuals see an increase in work capacity (what CrossFit is designed to do), but don’t see a loss in body fat (because they never changed their diet). They think CrossFit isn’t working, so they quit.

We believe it is the responsibility of the CrossFit Affiliate to provide nutrition education along with CrossFit. At Industrial Athletics, we talk about diet, we’ve held seminars about diet, we put videos out through The Stronger Revolution on how to control your diet, and we offer dietary counseling through the Coach’s Corner.

However, at the end of the day, it is your responsibility to change what you eat.  Everyone knows that cookies, soda, pasta, alcohol, and other processed foods are not good for you. Everyone knows that you should eat fruits and veggies as often as possible. If you choose to do CrossFit without changing your diet, if you choose to remain uneducated on what you should and shouldn’t eat, if you don’t talk to your CrossFit Affiliate owner about your diet, then you should not expect to reach a fat loss goal simply because you started working out.  It may not happen.

Your CrossFit Affiliate will control what you do to increase your fitness level and be able to do more work for a longer period of time. Your CrossFit Affiliate cannot control how you fuel your body once you leave the gym. That’s on you!

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REFLECTIONS OF A CROSSFIT COMPETITION


As someone who never played sports growing up or been on a winning team, this competition was a new and exciting experience for me. It was the first time I participated on a team and also won first place! I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the competition and wanted to share my thoughts with my fellow Best CrossFit Pittsburgh members.

Standing on the podium with the other Industrial Athletics team felt good.

No we did not do the best on every WOD, but we did the best we could.  To win the final scaled WOD and then watch the RX team win their final was overwhelming and I could not have been more proud of our teams.

I love hearing people come up to me and saying ‘Jen I got my first double under’ or when I see someone achieve their first pullup. The pride on the athletes face is priceless. Whether it’s crushing a workout, Pr’ing a lift or maybe it’s just running a mile without stopping, on any particular day, we should be proud of what we have accomplished. So although most CrossFitters will never see the podium at the CrossFit games, every day inside our own box we should feel like winners and superstars.

Wanting to do better will always plague me.

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Finishing first place is a highlight of my CrossFit career. It is such a positive result illustrating how far I have come since starting 3 years ago.

However, despite this HUGE positive image right in front of my face, I still find myself engaging in negative self-talk thinking, “I could have done one more rep” or “If only I had not screwed up that wallball.” I think everyone does this during or after a WOD and we have to learn to control that voice. There’s always that voice that says ‘maybe I could have done better’ and that voice should be used to push us every day and in every WOD. However, it should not overpower the recognition of the great things we do every day and the progress we all make.  It is a goal of mine now to concentrate first on the positive after every WOD and then let the voice in a little just to motivate me to the next level. 

Competing alongside but against friends is both good and bad.

As a coach, it is rewarding to see athletes improve time and time again. I know that athletes look to me for strategy and coaching tips. Their enthusiasm and progress are key tools in challenging myself to work harder and push faster.

We walk into the box on any given day and ask each other how the workout was or what was the worst part. We see everyone laying on the floor and think ‘oh no what am I getting myself into.’  We look to see who has been there that day and what the scores were. Most of us have that one person we look to beat, or try to stack up against. Friendly competition can be one of the best driving factors in our success and development. At the same time though, it can also break us down and make us think we are not good enough. I think it is important for us all to remember we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, our good days and bad. I think it should be more about looking up to that person who ends up beating us in a workout and less about not feeling good enough. Maybe we should be looking to that person for advice and tips instead of just trying to always beat them.

The community and the crowd is what drove me to push harder.

Having the largest box representation and hearing people cheer us on is both amazing and a huge motivator to continue to push through a workout. Our community is the best. Seeing so many Industrial Athletics members compete and do so well makes me proud to be not only a member but also a coach.

Our community has given me so much over the last three years. It’s pushed me to do things I never thought were possible. Our members believe in our community and believe in each other. I think it’s the reason so many people come back. Even if you are new, walking into Industrial Athletics makes you feel like you belong. So come to community events, be involved, get to know these amazing people.

The programing works.

What we do inside the box on a daily basis pays off. You have to show up and put in the work but in the end we are all getting stronger, faster, better. Trust the System!

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