CrossFit is an amazing way to improve your overall fitness. Not only can you improve the way you look, but it can also empower you and give your self-esteem an enormous boost. However, we can’t all start out doing pull-ups, hand-stands, and doing rope climbs. It takes time to progress, and some beginners get ahead of themselves. It is important to consider your own fitness levels and communicate with your coach. Use these three tips to help you start CrossFit without a hick-up.
1. Know Your Limits
Get the stereo-typical CrossFitter out of your head. If you haven’t been actively exercising, or being active at all then it is extremely important you remember your limits. When joining a CrossFit gym ask if they have a fundamentals or “On Ramp” class. These classes are designed to get beginners up to speed with the general CrossFit movements, and may include less demanding CrossFit workouts for beginners. Most fundamentals classes can be taken as a group for 5 sessions or as a 1-on-1 for 5 or less sessions. These classes do depend on the gym you join.
If you don’t take it easy at first, you will regret it. Work hard, but make sure your form and technique does not compromise for the sake of going faster, or to accomplish higher weight on workouts. This is a common mistake in CrossFit beginners and can be extremely detrimental. When you push your limits you increase your chances of injury and can develop bad form and technique in your movements.
2. Get the Courage
I have talked to countless people, of all ages who have this scary idea of CrossFit. They think all CrossFitters are athletes, with perfect physiques, and extremely competitive mindsets. What they don’t realize is every CrossFit member starts as a beginner, and a large majority of CrossFitters never played a sport in their life. CrossFit as a sport is different than CrossFit as a lifestyle. Don’t be intimidated, the community that CrossFit gyms have created can’t be found anywhere else. The members are welcoming, excited about CrossFit, and most important they have been in your shoes.
Forget the image of a drill sergeant yelling and screaming at you, this is not what CrossFit is about. In fact you will find that CrossFit coaches are friendly, and encouraging. Without all the dramatics. Their training has taught them that teaching each member to correctly perform the CrossFit movements correctly is important for preventing injury, and improving their fitness. So don’t be scared, once you get your booty in the doors you will love it!
3. Come Back
So you found your way to a local CrossFit gym, you did the dang thing, now what? Go Back. I know your sore, and you are sore in places you never knew you had, but don’t stop there. The soreness is very common and every CrossFitter, no matter what their level will tell you they still get sore. We suggest CrossFit beginners attend at least 3 classes a week. This is enough classes to see results, and keep you from overdoing it. Try alternating your days that you attend CrossFit classes, this will keep you from getting stiff, and give you recovery time so you can stay on track.
Remember, if you only go to one or two classes, then flake out then you won’t get the results you’re looking for. Not to mention all that soreness will be for nothing!
Hopefully this blog has eased your mind about joining a CrossFit gym! We all had our first time, and trust me its worth it. Even if you are the shy type, a soccer mom, or a business professional, you can do this. You can join a CrossFit gym, and get started on your journey to fitness.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining a CrossFit gym in Redding, CA. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We offer CrossFit group classes for all levels and have a certified trainer on waiting to help!