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Using CrossFit to Get in Shape

<p>Using CrossFit to Get in Shape</p>
Dr. Constance Odom, MD Picture of Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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The shelter-in-place guidelines and social distancing restrictions may be keeping you from your daily gym routine, but you don’t have to give up on better health and fitness. In light of the changes made to gyms and fitness locations, many owners and trainers are taking their skills online, delivering quality instruction and guidance through virtual mediums. While technology could be something that keeps you on the couch (think of video games, 4K televisions, and unlimited media streaming), there are many people who have been able to use it as a way to stay fit while stuck at home.

The Importance of Fitness

Long before the coronavirus pandemic put an extra spotlight on good health and hygiene, medical experts have promoted weight management, healthy eating, and consistent exercise as a way to increase longevity and better immunity. For men facing the aging journey or who have accumulated excess body fat over the years, a strong fitness routine is one of the key ways to reduce challenges with mental health, physical conditions impacting heart disease, and deter issues with men's sexual health. Being obese or overweight can increase the risk of cardiovascular conditions, which can, in turn, create problems with erectile dysfunctions (ED). For men stuck at home during the pandemic, it is a perfect time to get in a little magic at night, but unless you have the help of a product like Mt. Everest, your lack of physical health may be thwarting your efforts to pass the time by making love. You may not be able to get to the gym, but you can bring the gym and training to you with the help of online fitness classes.

The Benefits of CrossFit

For the right person with the right coach, CrossFitness is an excellent training program that can have impressive results. It is a high-intensity workout that incorporates a variety of functional movements that adapts to the body shape and size of any participants. The environment is supporting, encouraging, and accepting of all fitness levels, as the goal is to promote the overall well-being of each individual. It works on strength and conditioning, testing different parts of your strength and conditioning across areas of power, flexibility, agility, speed, stamina, coordination, balance, and occurrence.  There is a focus on both cardiovascular and respiratory endurance. The end result is to develop a body that could handle just about anything.

The Online Option

Most people would head straight to the gym and meet up with their trainer for a kick-butt CrossFit session, but without this opportunity, staying active at home is the best option. You may not have all of the equipment that you would find at a gym, but since many of the training exercises rely on resistance, you can find substitutes with household items and your own body weight. However, you don’t have to try to figure out a routine or program on your own. There are many trainers and facilities that are offering instruction through online delivery, with some having one-on-one video training, while others have group sessions or prerecorded instruction videos. For those that are just starting out along this fitness track, you will want to start out slow and definitely rely on professional input.

The Everybody Plan

One of the best things with a CrossFit routine is that it is tailored to your individual needs. You are given instructions based on your current abilities but with a challenge to move that to the next level. There are some generic workouts or exercises that can be done by everyone, just being scaled to your level of skill. As you grow stronger and develop more experience with each element, you will able to move through the workouts as prescribed.

The CrossFit Benefits

Even if you are starting your CrossFit journey with an online program, you will reap the same benefits as if you would have joined a local gym. CrossFit gives you a great foundation in weight training, which is tones, firms, lifts, and shapes your body. Stronger muscles can impact your ability to perform everyday activities, and weight training can also help prevent osteoporosis. When you join CrossFit, you find a supportive network that encourages you to achieve your health goals. Throughout the journey to get in better shape, you will find yourself losing weight and toning areas of extra body fat. As this happens, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses.


The longer you spend on lockdown, the easier it is to develop bad habits that can impact your quality of life once things get back to normal. You can take advantage of this extra time to focus on health and fitness. Getting involved with an online CrossFit program can get you on a fast track to better health.


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