Starting CrossFit can seem INTIMIDATING ! Well starting anything new can feel that way but you have to remember everyone starts somewhere ! CrossFit is a community of people who have a common goal, to improve fitness. Yes, looking good comes out of that too however the work needs to be put into it for results to come.
There’s a lot more to consider, from how to avoid injuries to finding the perfect box for you. Finding the right place with the right community is a big part of your success. Here is a little guide on what you should be looking for when searching out your perfect box.
-CrossFit Lingo- Yes it's almost a language of our own. We talk in abbreviated words. The WOD is likely the first thing you’ll look for when you walk into your new gym, and it’s what your body will remember on your way out. That workout will involve “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”, which is the definition of CrossFit.
-Bring the intensity- Athletes new to CrossFit might be initially alarmed at the intensity level box members bring to workouts. As many WODs are a race against the clock and other members. You’ll be asked to perform them at a high rate of speed and a high heart rate all with GOOD form. Friendly competition between gym members will have you performing at a higher level than you thought possible on your own!
-Pain threshold- If you are new to CrossFit or any type of training, you will be sore! That is totally ok and normal to feel. Basic maintenance like ice packs, ibuprofen, fish oil and foam rollers will help get you through the first few days. Just like anything in life, the more you get up and go the better off you will feel.
BIGGEST QUESTION !!! How do you choose your box?
No CrossFit box is created equal. You need to find one that you personally mesh with. It might not even be the first one you sign up with. If a coach has a good technical background but you don’t respond to his/her style of teaching, it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable that coach is you won't benefit from it. Put simply, you’ll get the best results from the coach you like the best.
You should also schedule time to talk with the coaches or owners about your own fitness goals and find out whether that gym is able to help you meet those goals. My goal as a coach is to get you as fit as possible, and how you look and feel will follow that.Regardless of your own athletic background or ability, be sure your gym offers a dedicated introductory class so you’re not immediately thrown into that intense CrossFit class.
Protect yourself from injury ! Performing any intense activity three to six times each week will certainly increase the odds of injury and overuse. But if you’re smart about your CrossFit training and the preparation you and your coaches put in before and after workouts, you’ll dodge a dreaded injury that could set training back for weeks.
Now that you have the knowledge needed for your CrossFit endeavor, its time to get out there and find a box to call your new fitness family!