So, you are interested in CrossFit but don’t know where to start. It looks intimidating. Painful even.
5 Tips for CrossFit Beginners
1. It’s about YOU.
Better than yesterday is a common phrase you will hear in CrossFit. Essentially, it means you are competing against yourself to improve each day.
Although CrossFit is typically performed in a group setting, the goal is for the individual to give maximum effort and get better each time out. Not to beat your classmates.
2. Raise your hand.
Ask questions about the coaches’ certification, class times, private instruction, membership options, your lifting form. Anything. The CrossFit community is all about inclusion and support, so utilize those around you. Remember, everyone was a beginner at one point.
Be honest with yourself and understand you will not be Annie Thorisdottir or Rich Froning on your first WOD. Every workout has modifications and can be scaled. It could likely take months until you can complete a prescribed WOD. Have fun working towards that!
4. The good news is, it’s always hard.
CrossFit never gets easier. It just sucks less. Embrace the “suck” and the physical pain that accompanies it knowing your body is changing, improving, getting stronger and leaner.
5. You have a choice.
Yes, CrossFit can be expensive. But, you always have a choice. You can choose to go out to eat, buy designer clothes, or head to the movie theater. Or, you can reallocate that money to your physical fitness and social life. No one will force you to join a box, but the community that welcomes you will be worth your dinners out and movie nights.
I encourage you to explore the CrossFit community. Do some research. Seek recommendations. Use free class trials. Decide if CrossFit is something to add to your fitness arsenal.
You don’t have to be exclusive with your exercises. Run, walk, cycle, CrossFit!
Disclaimer: Although I am a NSCA-CSCS, please consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.