CrossFit isn’t easy and for those that have been doing this for months or even years already know this. For those that are just starting out in your first few months, you may feel like you’ll never get it, especially when you see your classmates move faster and lift heavier than you. Or you’ll want to quit when you wake up more sore than ever in your life every morning for the first month. But guess what Newbies, you’re not alone. We all still wake up sore even after years of doing CrossFit.
Here are a few tips to help you get more comfortable with classes and workouts.
The Box: what we call the gym (reference to four walls)
Newbie: a new member to our box
WOD: Workout Of the Day (only 1 per day)
Fundamentals: Foundation classes that teach you how to move safely in class and the methodology of CrossFit (take before entering group classes)
Type of Workouts: AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) For Time, EMOM (every minute on the minute) Max Reps (maximum repetitions in a set period of time)
Now for the particulars:
Nutrition is Key. You cannot out exercise a bad diet! The healthier you eat the faster you will recover and the more energy you will have. It doesn't matter if you work out everyday for hours, if your nutrition is not a priority, your progress will suffer.
Have Fun. This should be the Best Hour of Your Day and our coaches try to make it so. You have enough stress already, let this be your fun time amongst friends. Don’t worry about if you have never done the movements, the coaches’ job is to explain them and help guide you in feeling more comfortable.
Be Patient. You have never done anything like this or asked your body to move this way, so we don’t expect you to figure it out right away. Your coaches know this and will keep reminding you, but you will leave a little bit better after every class.
Create Consistency. The only way to get better at anything is through Practice. Again, this is new and the more you show up the more comfortable you will get with the people, lingo, movements, and yourself. You can’t get your 1st pull-up if you don’t show up to the days there are pull-ups in the workout.
Time Does Not Matter. Don’t look at the clock when you are working out. Everyone moves better when you move slower, but as soon as they try to move faster when they see the seconds ticking off that clock, things change for the not so good. You need to move well, then move well consistently, then move faster. All in time.
For you newbies and season veterans, please use this as sound advice for your progress. For those that have never done CrossFit, you don’t understand what I just wrote, but maybe it’s time you did. Stop by or give us a call if you need a guiding hand.