News: What it takes to do CrossFit: 7 contributing factors to CrossFit
Story by Lance Cpl. S.T. Stewart
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Over the last 12 years a new physical fitness program, Crossfit, has grabbed the attention of athletes and military members across the world and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Cherry Point is no exception.
Marines and civilians on the Air Station participate in a local Crossfit program coordinated by seven coaches. The volunteers dedicate their time teaching a fitness regime base on the concepts of functional fitness and doing a broad range of exercises to build muscle and endurance, said Christi L. King, one of the coaches for Cherry Point Crossfit.
King said the program can be competitive and rewarding for all levels of heath enthusiasts and hopes to increase the participants in the program. She joined other coaches in highlighting key factors for an individual to consider before starting the program.
“Form comes first,” said King. “If you compromise your form, then you are more likely to get injured and not be able to come back.”
Using squats as an example, King said exercise will often cause more harm than good if not done correctly.
King said that before trying to get a max weight, start by using just the bar. Make sure to squat all the way down, don’t arch your back, and keep your feet about shoulder width apart.
Performing exercises correctly is a lot more effective and safer.
Diet and nutrition:
For Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle J. Moschetto, who has been doing Crossfit for about five years, personal diet is the most important part.
“It plays a big part, if you clean your diet up, you will perform better,” said Moschetto. “Your performance will improve.”
He suggested cutting out all the unnecessary foods and drinks like candy and soda.
Vegetables, fruits and meats are highly encouraged in Crossfit, said King.
The human body needs water to live and heat cramps, heat strokes and heat exhaustion are some effects of poor hydration. The coaches will not let anyone participate without water.
“When doing Crossfit you should always have water with you especially now that it’s warming up outside,” said King. “We have a rule; No water, No Crossfit, No exception.”
King said that smoking and exercising do not mix. The practice makes it hard for the body to move oxygen throughout the body resulting in decreased performance and a person losing their breath easily, she said.
“Heavy drinking will affect your performance,” said King. “You can drink, but don’t drink all the time, control yourself and don’t overdo it.”
King said that if you drink the night before, and then try to exercise, you are going to feel horrible during the work out.
“To participate in Crossfit, you have to commit yourself to the schedule,” said coach Isaiah Ybarra. “Crossfit is not a one-time deal; you have to be willing to do the workouts and to keep a healthy lifestyle.”
The coaches and participants help motivate each other to stay committed which helps the program work.
“Here we don’t really care what your ability is as long as you are trying to improve and doing it the right way,” said King. “We all have the same goal here and that’s to better ourselves.”