As an owner of a CrossFit gym, one of the most common questions I am asked is “How do I cut down on my body fat”? This is a fair question, as studies have shown that carrying an excessive amount of body fat is one of the leading causes of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and death in the “Western” world. Today I want to focus on some very basic points, and for many of you these will only serve as reminders.
Remember, CrossFit doesn't do anything but give a college level weight room to the average joe. That is it. I own a CrossFit gym, and I was an NCAA wrestler, and the parallels between the two are shocking. In college we had a strength coach write us a program (CrossFit Certified instructor gives WOD), then as a team, we push each other (Same thing that happens in a CrossFit class). Our strength coach taught us proper form (all CrossFit classes should be doing this), and the workouts were grueling (you won't see results unless you mentally push yourself past barriers).
In a word, yes, but that answer is somewhat limited. Typically the trick to burning fat, and increasing muscle tone, is to increase your Basal Metabolic Rate (the rate at which your body burns calories at rest), and my preferred method for this high volume functional weight training.