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CrossFit for Beginners

Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity

When you are just starting CrossFit you should expect to experience a bit of a learning curve. Oftentimes we are teaching you movements that you have never done before and it is important to remember to exercise patience while mastering those movements.  We like to emphasize mechanics, then consistency and then intensity.  It typically it takes new members a couple weeks to get comfortable with both the movements and the intensity of the workouts.  Just like learning a new language the more you practice the faster you will improve, but remember the adage attesting to the need for time to create great things, “Rome wasn’t built in one day”.


Initial Workouts

1. It’s going to be challenging. This probably goes without saying, but CrossFit workouts are no picnic. It’s not like jumping on the elliptical and doing some intervals. It is all-out effort, and you’ll probably be asked to do things you haven’t done since elementary school.

2. Talk to a coach to learn how to best ease into the workouts. There are a lot of complicated moves in CrossFit, and you want to learn how to do them correctly. Like now. Also, modify what you need to and don’t be embarrassed about it. At the end of the day, it’s still YOUR workout.

3. There’s a lot of lingo. From WOD (workout of the day) to AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) to box (the gym), here’s a good guide to understanding the CrossFit lexicon. Don’t worry, after a few WODs, you’ll be using the lingo like a pro.

4. It’ll be unlike any workout you’ve probably done. We rarely repeat the same WOD and almost every one has its own feeling. Each WOD may be a circuit, rounds, time based or team based. You just never know and that’s what makes it great.

5. You’ll be timed or a score or rep/round count will be recorded. Don’t let this freak you out! Once you get the hang of things, this will be fuel for you to go harder and do more than you think you can. For now, don’t focus on anyone else but you. Run your own race.

6. EVERYONE will be there. CrossFit boxes are a catch-all of everyone from people wanting to lose weight to former college athletes to seniors to teens to women in their 40s who are AMAZING. And there’s usually an even split of men to women, which is refreshing.

7. You’ll see people doing amazing, almost super-hero things. All of those people I just mentioned? Many of them have been doing CrossFit for years, and their hard work has paid off in super-fast times, muscles, six-packs and athleticism that’s just jaw-dropping. Don’t compare yourself to them but be inspired by it.

8. Everyone is going to root for you. CrossFit boxes are known for having a strong and welcoming community. They’ll cheer for you, give you pointers, and show you the ropes. Be friendly and get to know them — even the intimidating ones with all the muscles. Pretty soon, that same person will be your new friend and you’ll be cheering them on too.

9. Stick with it, and you might get addicted. The feeling of accomplishment you get after a WOD is awesome. So awesome that you’ll want to do it again and again. You’ll even consider something like 100 burpees … fun. Yes, fun!

10. It’ll change your body, your mental toughness and your life. Besides burning fat, boosting your metabolism and building muscle, CrossFit has a way of showing you that you’re stronger than you ever realized — inside and out.

11. You’ll begin to think that tall socks are cool.

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