Crossfit is now a noun in the dictionary and is defined as, “a high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise”. As humans, we are generally competitive and innately want to push ourselves to be faster or stronger especially when there is someone right next to us either slightly ahead or slightly behind us. Crossfit combines high intensity interval training or HIIT and is as simple as doing a handful of exercises for a certain duration either as fast as you can or for as many repetitions as you can in a certain period of time. This type of varied training is fun because you can ALWAYS improve. Some exercises such as walking or running can get repetitive and boring, or require longer periods of time but a HIIT workout can be as short as five minutes and really wipe you out.

Crossfit benefits your mind and body, incorporating balance, strength and flexibility for overall physical and mental health.

The physical benefits are:

  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Balance & Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Increased stamina
  • Muscle strength
  • Weight loss

While the mental benefits include:

  • Better sleep
  • An increase in endorphins
  • A fun, friendly, competitive atmosphere
  • Social – a community with the same interests
  • Stress relief

As a physical therapist, it is my profession to encourage people to become more active and maintain an active lifestyle. Crossfit may have a reputation of people getting hurt, but with any physical activity there is an inherent risk for injury. I believe a greater risk may be that of being inactive, taking numerous medications to control different pathologies that could be reduced or eliminated with physical activity. Most injuries that occur are due to participants not carrying out an exercise appropriately or are not stopping when their body tells them to stop. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each person to take care of themselves.

High intensity interval training when done correctly is an inexpensive way to improve your everyday physical and mental health. If you don’t have the wherewithal to do it on your own, than joining a Crossfit gym or other HIIT class at a gym can get you going. Since starting a more consistent attendance to Crossfit, I am stronger and faster than I have ever been. More importantly, I feel better. My wife loves the social outlet and is also proud of what she has accomplished in her strength. She was able to participate up to the week she had her 6th child and within a month was back at it, stating she had never recovered so quickly or felt so good after having a child.

“Not all CrossFit and HIIT workouts are equal. Come in and experience the difference. Observable, repeatable, measurable, constantly varied, and optimally intense strength and condition cycling. Join us for a free, open gym on Saturdays at 10:00 am to see if this is right for you! Call or text in advance at 307-887-7030.” Blake Hoopes, Owner/Operator CrossFit Star Valley.

Star Valley fitness resources include:

No Equipment Needed:

  • Amazon Prime Videos
  • Burpees
  • High knee run
  • Hiking
  • Mountain climbers
  • Push ups
  • Plank jumps
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Workout Videos (Prime/YouTube/Others)
  • Yoga

Little Equipment Needed:

  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Down Hill Skiing
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Local Gyms:

Authored by Matt Harris, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

What are the benefits of Crossfit? was last modified: February 11th, 2021 by Pamela Wolfley
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