If you have been umm-ing and ah-ing about whether you should give CrossFit a go, you wouldn’t be the first person to do so! You may have heard about how amazing it is and how quickly people achieve results but also been told stories about how you won’t be able to walk for days after a workout.

Here’s the truth: if you come with an open mind and you’re ready to give it your all, you will LOVE CrossFit.

Not convinced? Check out seven reasons why CrossFit is definitely for you:

1. You can get started for free

Most CrossFit gyms let you sign up for a free trial without committing to an annual membership. During your no-obligation trial, you can get to know the facility and your trainer. You can ask questions and experience your first taste of training. From here, you can decide if you want to sign up to learn the basics of CrossFit with an introductory course.

2. You have tried losing weight and failed before

How many gym memberships have you had in the past? For a lot of people, the gym doesn’t work because it is not structured and those treadmills get very boring very fast. Your body won’t continue to lose weight if you stick to the same workout day in, day out. CrossFit changes that (big time). Sure, the workouts are intense, but they’re designed to deliver results like you have never seen before.

3. You’ll make friends

In the early days of CrossFit, the training regime was popular with ex-military personnel, who were drawn to the army-style workout sessions. The other thing which reflects the military is the ‘teamwork’ attitude. CrossFit is an encouraging, supportive world where you’ll get a boost from your fellow trainers every time you work out. It’s all about keeping each other motivated and inspired, another way to ensure results.

4. Progress makes perfect

CrossFit encourages you to track your progress from every session. You may start off by lifting a broom handle, but write it down. Within a couple of months, you’ll be able to look back and see the measurable difference in your progress. Instead of jumping on the scales every morning, keep an eye on your CrossFit numbers. These will reveal how far you can come. You can set goals for yourself, work towards them and tick them off with a big reward.

5. You’ll lose weight

Beyond the camaraderie, most people take up CrossFit so they can trim a few kilos/pounds. If you commit to at least three workouts a week and work on a good diet and healthy lifestyle outside of your sessions, you’ll definitely see a change in your shape.It won’t necessarily happen overnight but pretty soon people will start asking you what’s different (what a great feeling!).

6. You’ll feel better

Want to sleep more soundly and bounce out of bed in the mornings? CrossFit can make it happen! It has been proven time and time again that sticking to an exercise regime makes you feel better in more ways than one. As well as looking great, you’ll have a smile on your face because you’re constantly producing happiness-inducing endorphins and you’re proud of what you have achieved. Plus you’ll have lower blood pressure and less concern about your long-term health.

7. You never know until you try

Many of the world’s top CrossFitters look back on the day when they decided to ‘just give it a go’. Before long, they had changed their entire lives. Who knows? You could one day see yourself competing at the top level. But even if you don’t, and even if you decide it’s not for you, at least you’ll be able to say you gave CrossFit a go. Chances are, after trying CrossFit the only thing you’ll wonder is why you didn’t do it sooner. Get started with that free session and you’ll be hooked in no time!