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Is CrossFit Safe?

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  • CrossFit is an intense strength and conditioning program involving perpetually changing and challenging intervals of aerobics, body weight exercises, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting
  • Studies show CrossFit participants are injured at a rate comparable to many other conventional forms of fitness training, including running and triathlons
  • The most common injuries involve the spine, shoulders, lower back and knees. While far riskier than low-impact exercise, CrossFit has lower injury rates than contact and team sports

By Dr. Mercola

CrossFit, created by Greg Glassman, is an intense strength and conditioning program involving perpetually changing and challenging intervals of aerobics, body weight exercises, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting. It’s a workout that Glassman says will “deliver you to your genetic potential.” CrossFit is among the most extreme forms of exercise out there, and I advise using caution if you decide to try it, as any exercise done incorrectly can easily lead to injury. 


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