Why are CrossFit, F45, Boutique strength, conditioning and group exercise classes all so popular?
Everybody who has some interest in physical activity or fitness will have heard about group-based exercise programs such as CrossFit, and F45. All of the above are changing the game in terms of fun and is proving that functional resistance and cardiovascular exercise training can fit into everybody’s busy lifestyles. No longer do people need to spend exorbitant amounts of time at a local gym. The popularity of these fitness programs is partly due to the fact that people are able to get in and out in 45-60 minutes leaving them with ample time left in the day, knowing though that they have absolutely given it they’re all!
All of these above-mentioned exercise programs, do offer different styles of exercise and can appeal to different audiences, however, all of these do have a lot in common in what they can offer the public as well.
In essence, these styles of training and exercise have been around for a long time, however, it has only been recently in the last few years that the spotlight has been pushed onto these forms of physical activity in both positive and negative ways.
This article is going to address why they have been so popular, what to look for in joining one of these groups as well as how to get the most out of your time training in these new environments.
So why are these “new” styles of exercise so popular?
As I said previously, none of what these businesses have to offer is brand new, however, it is a twist on a very good strength and conditioning with a family-like gym session. This sense of community within the gym makes participants like a lot more fun and easier to keep coming back to.
Being a CrossFit coach, as well as training with F45 and other smaller Strength and Conditioning group-based sessions, this really does make all the difference. Each session you get to come in, have fun, complete workouts with like-minded people, and I can safely say you can make lifelong friends from these places as well.
On top of that, the programming and exercises are already chosen for you by a professional which will mean good, safe results as well as generally varying exercises on a daily basis, which keeps things interesting and most importantly, keep you coming back for more.
So what should I look for when I am joining one of these gyms?
The three biggest things are:
1 – Experienced and professional coaches
2 – Friendly members
3 – An environment where you feel comfortable
These three things will make all of the difference in your experiences in a new gym environment. Having friendly coaches & members that are there to help you will make it a lot easier. It will allow you to feel at home and you will have a sense of family. These styles of exercise environments allow you to feel more comfortable and will have you at the gym more often!
But I’m way too unfit! How could I possibly be able to do those exercises?
This is where quality and experienced coaching comes into play. Having professionals modify exercises ensuring they are achievable for your fitness level is important for both progression and safety.
A lot of fitness programs and gyms have been given bad publicity due to a few of these issues. Countless gym fail videos can be seen emphasizing the poor technique, and excessive weight being lifted incorrectly. These videos get people worrying that these fitness crazes have no safety parameters. One thing to remember folks is that you are in control! If you can’t do it… then don’t. Make sure you exercise within your limits, and not lifting with your ego will go a long way and ensure a safe and successful time at the gym. Don’t become another viral gym video.
I have a few aches and pains though, so how do I start?
Having a one-off session with an exercise physiologist can be an easy way to assess and resolve these issues. Doveston Health’s Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists can provide you with exercises to help correct your movements so that you can join in more easily. Doveston Health has a strong link with all local personal trainers, coaches, local fitness centres, F45 & Crossfit Boxes. This allows us to identify a suitable starting point and liaise with the appropriate establishment. Have a chat with us about what you want to achieve and we can give you advice on what is be best for you.
To wrap this up, my personal opinion is that group-based training is for everyone, but you just need to find the place that is right for you. For those who do prefer solo training, try giving it a go! Find somewhere that is right for you, head on down with a friend and get stuck into a good session.
For those who would like more information, help with joining or want to get the all-clear to get started, make sure you see consult a health professional to assist in guiding you to the right choice!
To book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists use the following link.
Good luck and happy exercising!
Nathan Rose – Senior Exercise Physiologist