15 Bits of Advice for CrossFit Beginners
If you’re into fitness, you’ve almost certainly heard of CrossFit, but you might be wondering how to make the most of it as a complete newbie.
If so, here are 15 nuggets of advice to keep in your back pocket.
- Wear Your Regular Activewear
You don’t need any special gear to do CrossFit – that’s part of the appeal. Your CrossFit box will have all the necessary bits and pieces, and your regular workout clothes and trainers are fine.
- Embrace the Culture
Call yourself a CrossFitter. The culture is one of the best parts, so get into the WOD (Workout of the Day) life and embrace the idea that it’s fine to be proud of your accomplishments.
- Ask Questions
CrossFit is full of lingo, so don’t be afraid to ask. Similarly, don’t worry about getting clarification on technique.
- Focus on Technique
It can be tempting to add weight quickly, but you should focus on achieving the right form before you do so.
- Be Consistent
CrossFit is excellent, but it can’t work miracles – keep at it for at least 3 months to decide if it’s for you.
- Practice the Double Under
A double under means skipping while swinging the rope under your feet twice each step. These are a WOD staple, so make sure you master them.
- Scale as Needed
Choose the right weight for your given day instead of trying to handle the same amount consistently.
- Request Help with Olympic Lifts
The snatch and the clean and jerk can be awkward and a little scary at first, so 1-on-1 help is advantageous.
- Expect Bad Days
Sometimes CrossFit sucks, but that’s part-and-parcel of any high-intensity exercise regime. Recognize that sometimes you’re just not going to feel into it.
- Practice Hanging
Simply hanging from a bar can be surprisingly tough, but it can get you ready for maximizing pull-ups and toe-to-bars.
- Do the Burpees
People generally hate burpees, but they’re an outstanding exercise. Perform ‘em ‘till you love ‘em.
- Leave Your Ego Behind
Ego leads to injury when you’re doing high-intensity exercise. Don’t focus on how you compare to others – focus on yourself.
- Get Out What You Put In
CrossFit rewards those who embrace it, and that means more than working your hardest. You should also work with your coach and look online to develop plans.
- Prioritize Mobility and Flexibility
There isn’t a CrossFit move in existence that cannot be made easier this way.
- Just Start
CrossFit is tough, and it can seem intimidating. But you’ll find everyone ready to help you on your journey, so put you best foot forward and get started.