Common Traits, Misconceptions and questions about CrossFit…
CrossFit is a method of exercise. You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy and reap the rewards of exercising using this methodology. With the proper coaching, anyone with any level physical ability can transform themselves. For most people, just joining a standard box gym can be scary. You don’t really know anyone, the members all seem to keep to themselves and do their own thing. Combine that with the fact, you might not know much about the correct way to workout so you feel intimidated. At this point you kind of just watch what other people do and mimic them hoping that it works.
Joining a CrossFit gym is that feeling, times 10 for most people but here’s something to put your mind at ease. At some point, everyone was new to CrossFit and none of us forgot what that is like. Everyone’s goal is the same; get better than yesterday. The only way we achieve that goal is to push ourselves beyond what we THINK our limitations are. We all have failed at doing that from time to time because the barbell will humble you. It always does… but that’s where the group training atmosphere is at its best! Everyone wants you to win the day!
Here’s a few things you’ll need to get started:
- Notebook/Journal to track your workouts and progress
- Flat soled sneakers for weight lifting
- Cross training sneakers
- A speed rope (jump rope)
- Wrist wraps
The rules are simple; show up 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled class time so you have time to get yourself situated and prepared for class. The first 5 to 10 minutes of class time is when important instructions about the workout takes place. During this time, your coach will explain the workout, answer questions, demo the movements and guide you through your warm up. If you are late and/or unprepared during the initial instructions, you will hold up the class taking valuable time away from the other members. After instructions and warm-ups are over, your workout will begin. At the conclusion of class, you are required to wipe down all the equipment you used and return it to its proper location.
Always remember, whether you are a beginner or advanced, it is extremely important to have PATIENCE and keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Nothing happens overnight, functional fitness training is hard and learning new terminology and movements can be challenging at times but as long as you trust the process and understand that every minute you are in the gym exercising, you are taking positive steps in the right direction. Soon enough, you’ll start to notice significant changes to your physique and your mental well-being.