Crossfit has grown rapidly in recent years as a practical, all-encompassing fitness program. The popularity of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) has only helped push Crossfit more into the mainstream, as the program adheres to an intense regimen of HIIT-based activities.
Proponents of Crossfit tend to point to its less-than-average exercises, like bar jumps, squat thrusts, and tire flips among its more famous activities. The program has spawned a rabid national following, with some folks viewing the practice as more like a life philosophy than a strenuous workout plan.
More recently, questions have been raised regarding Crossfit and the possibility that it may help folks grow taller. While there may be some validity to this concept, let’s first find out exactly was Crossfit is.
Facts About Crossfit And Your Height
Crossfit as a company began in 2000. Started by former child gymnast Greg Glassman, the mentality behind the program is that individuals should strive to be a physical “jack of all trades,” by excelling in many different types of athleticism.
While training in his younger days, Greg noticed that he began making larger strides in his training when he deviated from the bodyweight exercises that were so popular in gymnastics at the time. After following his instincts and adding free weights and non-traditional cardio like cycling to his workouts, he quickly began to outperform his peers. It was this initial set of discoveries that led Glassman to create Crossfit.
As the Crossfit organization has continued to grow, it has built up a daunting program of high-intensity bursts of cardio and weight lifting activities that put participants through the proverbial “ringer.”
You can currently find these workout facilities in 142 different countries, with so-called “western” countries leading the charge. The ubiquity of Crossfit means that even if you’re a frequent traveler, you can usually find a facility in your town to visit and keep up with the practice. Due to this fact, Crossfit has become quite popular with young professionals who tend to live more nomadic lifestyles.
The second benefit is, of course, increased health and well-being. This type of training is designed to build muscle and burn fat simultaneously, and when done in tandem with a balanced diet it accomplishes both of these goals very quickly. The confidence gained by a well-sculpted body is a nice fringe benefit, as well.
While Crossfit can have positive effects on your spine’s health and possibly even impact your height, it also runs several risks. Individuals who follow the rigorous programs outlined in Crossfit tend to have a much higher rate of musculoskeletal injury, meaning broken bones and muscle tears. A lot of the movements are high-impact, which when done too frequently can have a degenerative effect on the joints. You’ll end up back at your chiropractor if you’re not careful – pun intended.
Fatigue is also seen more often with enthusiasts than average gym adherents, mainly due to a lack of proper recovery time. This risk is especially prevalent in folks who are just being introduced to the program, as a lot of the exercises and movements require a high degree of accuracy to be performed correctly.
Will I Get Taller?
Individuals who are looking to increase their height tend to seek out these HIIT boxes for a couple of reasons. Firstly, regular exercise promotes the production of hormones that are essential to human growth and health. These hormones do things like build cartilage, strengthen bone, and regulate our sleep cycles, all of which can affect height. Weight loss also tends to promote hormone production, which makes Crossfit (and many other workout programs) a great way to potentially add inches.
As mentioned above, Crossfit also works on enhancing flexibility and strengthening your core, both factors in a person’s perceived height, as well as their overall posture.
Should I Sign Up?
That all depends on you. If you’re someone looking to challenge themselves physically, then this may be a great way to do so.
But if you’re more interested in the program because you’re hoping to gain an inch or two, there are plenty of less intensive fitness programs that will deliver many of the same proposed benefits without the risks that come along with Crossfit.
Check out this video which shows what a typical CrossFit workout is like. It’s perhaps the best workout that you can think of doing. Just be sure to keep good form always. This is Andrea Ager and she’s a beast in the gym. Proceed with caution!