Hey you, CrossFit Newbie.. BE BRAVE!!
Yes you, who have looked at CrossFit men and women, in total awe of their abilities, strength and bodies!
It can be a little scary attending your first class, but I promise you, as soon as you start, you wont want to stop and be wondering what stopped you for so long in the first place!! What you see (what the media whats you to see) about CrossFit are usually Games athletes - people who have been doing CrossFit for years & are very skilled, very very strong individuals!
When you start, it is definalty not that extreme. Your coaches will spend a lot of time investing in you, making sure you have a a strong skillset of base foundation movements, and progress you as you get strong, fitter and more skillful.
We have our ongoing CrossFit On-Ramp course starting 2nd February, so hope to see you there!!
#1 It’s okay to feel overwhelmed
CrossFit is most likely not like anything you have done before. You might find that you will struggle emotionally, especially in the beginning. It will be hard and your self-belief will be tested. Expect this and embrace it, we will help you smash through it! Muscle soreness – After high intensity workout such as CrossFit, especially 24-48 hours later, you will feel some intense soreness. This is all natural and apart of the healing process. Keep an eye on it and know the difference between actual injury and just muscle soreness.
#2 All Athletes are at different levels
When you walk through the doors for your first CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) you will realize that CrossFit is truly for all. You will be surrounded by people of all shapes and sizes, skills and abilities. From advanced super-fit athletes, to the person just getting started, do not feel embarrassed or stupid about where you are currently at. You are in the right place at the right time to achieve your fitness goals.
#3 Get social
Your Box (CrossFit Gym) is your new whanau, where one athlete’s success is shared by all. CrossFit is community based so you will get to meet a lot of new people and make new friends. There is a saying in CrossFit that “The person that finishes last gets the loudest cheer”. You will experience this near the end of every WOD. Whether it’s you or others finishing last, give your support for everyone.
#4 Classes have a set structure
Most CrossFit Boxes run a similar structure to a 1 hour class, though it varies from Box to Box. You should expect a format similar to this for a standard 1 hour class:
5-10 minutes warmup
10 mins mobility work
Strength or Skill component
The strength/skill timings will depend on the length of WOD, which usually run about 10-30minutes depending on the workout etc. classes are designed like this to get the most band for your buck!
#5 Acronym overload!
AMRAP, EMOM, WOD, OLY, BOX, Rx, Sc, HSPU, ‘The Girls’ are all terms you will come to grips with when you get on the ‘inside’ of the CrossFit community.
#6 Personal attention from the Coach
At a normal gym you have to hire a coach for a personal training session. At CrossFit you get personal attention from the Coach! (which is included in your membership). Your coach will spend extra time walking you through each movement in detail and critiquing your form. Coaches will ensure you are moving efficiently and safely.
#7 High intensity, but low weight
CrossFit workouts can be scaled to your current strength abilities. So you won’t be expected to do anything you can’t handle safely. Your coaches will always encourage perfect technique at light weight before ever going heavy. That being said, most of the WODs you will do are in nature short and high intensity but with low weight to always ensure good form.
#8 Loud CrossFit gyms are normal
This isn’t your mother’s Pilates class. As soon as you walk through the door expect to be greeted with pounding tunes, the whipping of jump ropes and clanging and banging of barbells, yelling, and grunts of exertion. This is all normal in a CrossFit Box, I suggest you get amongst it!
#9 Failure – Expect to be humbled
Unless you’re an athletic freak, you’re likely to finish towards the back of the class on your first few WODs. Even for people who have done some sort of exercise previously, none of that will compare to what CrossFit can offer you. So expect to be humbled when you write your score up on the board. And remember this is your journey, so don’t get caught up in comparing yourself to others who are on a different journey with their fitness goals to you.
#10 You will get battle wounds
Expect to feel pain, both mentally and physically. CrossFitters wear their battle scars with pride, so don’t be shocked to see some cut-up shins, or ripped hands from pull ups. You will most likely experience this so be prepared with some tape and protection!
#11 You’ll be at it like a crack addict
After a while working out at your box and you start seeing results and feeling better you will start to get hooked. And working out will become a habit and second nature to you. That’s why you see so many people coming back every day to get their asses handed to them! It could also be why outsiders think its a cult. I mean, why would all these people get addicted to something so good for your health and wellness and keep wanting more of it?
#12 Weight doesn’t just fall off some people
Here is a response from an article by Alisha Pace on Tabatatimes.com.
“If you aren’t doing everything by the books, then why are you asking why you aren’t getting results? I did everything by the books for months and panicked because I gained weight and my clothes were tighter! I turned to forums trying to find out what other people were losing and I drove myself crazy. It turns out I have an under-active thyroid problem working against me. The fact is that everyone is different. Do everything by the books, and if you aren’t yielding results in a few months, you may want to see a doctor to see if there is an underlying issue. If you aren’t doing everything by the books, then why are you asking why you aren’t getting results?”
#13 Results will take a while. Longer than you can imagine
We live in an instant gratification world. People want things instantly, which is why we are overweight in the first place. Do you expect to lose 10kg after doing 1 week of classes? The truth is that it takes time to see results. But if you stick to it and be consistent, you may see them faster than you expected. Trust in the programming from your coach, that’s what you pay them for!
#14 Get to class early
If there is something you are struggling with and need time to practice then use the Open Gym sessions or get to class a little earlier to practice those double unders. Getting there early also ensures that you don’t miss the warm up and go into a WOD cold. Doing that can lead you straight to injury. Plus some boxes add a penalty for lateness in the form of lots and lots of burpees.
#15 Nobody was Rich Froning or Camille Leblanc-Bazinet at the start
Do you think you’re the only one that struggles with double-unders or squats? Because CrossFit is relatively new, most people have had to learn new movements over time. Ask the pro’s at your gym what they struggled with in the beginning and it most likely will be something you’re struggling with right now.
#16 Ask for advice
No question is a stupid question. If you are unsure then always, always ask your coach. That’s what they are there for and what you receive for your membership. Always ask your coach to critique your form and where you can improve.
#17 Accept constructive criticism
You already know the CrossFit community is supportive. So everything the coaches tell you is to help you improve and get better. Leave your ego at the door and use whatever advice you can to help you become a better athlete.
#18 Cry (if you need to)
You don’t have to, but your first few workouts can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Lean on the community and coaches for support. Remember your box is your new whanau (family).
#19 Mind over matter
You will get to a point where you think you cannot do anymore. All of a sudden you have people cheering you on,giving you a rush of excitement and adrenaline, nek minnit you’re doing more reps you didn’t think you had in you. That’s the power of a supportive community and believing in yourself. Push yourself to give your best effort every time and help to push others.
If you’ve been really pushing yourself and just feel burnt out and exhausted then take a rest day. Take a bath in Epsom salt, get a massage, and just relax and recharge, ready to hit it hard again the next day!
#22 Get involved in CrossFit community events
There will most likely be team challenges, or no sugar challenges etc. These are designed to help you have fun and get involved with the community. Participate and enjoy exercising!
#23 Stay positive
You may feel down at times because you can’t do certain movements or lift the required weight, whatever it may be, always stay positive. You will feel amazing over time and it will all stem from your positive attitude. You deserve to be healthy and fit. CrossFit will help you get there!
#24 Bonus Box Rules!
As a bonus we have included the Box Rules for you to look over. As a beginner please read these rules as they will help you achieve the best results and the most bang for your buck!
Be on time, practice technique & be consistent, listen to coaches and learn new skills.
LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR
CrossFit is humbling to everyone, AIM for progression not perfection. Trying to be perfect and better than everyone will leave you in tears.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW – ASK!
Coaches are here for you all the time. Ask Questions and get answers.
SUPPORT OTHER MEMBERS
CrossFit is community driven. When it rains we all get wet, we may train as individuals but we workout as community.
LET COACHES COACH
We have experienced coaches who know what they are talking about and it’s their job to INFORM, INSTRUCT and coach technique, while support is great, leave the technical advice to the coaches.
Don’t do stupid things. Eliminate the unnecessary by listening to the coaches, always follow:
TECHNIQUE-CONSISTENCY-INTENSITY. (get your technique sound, be able to perform correct technique consistentyl, increase intensity via load/speed/progression)
If niggles do occur tell us. Do your mobility work always.
DON’T PUT DOWN, PUT AWAY!
We would love our members to view our box as theirs own and treat it as such. Once we are all done, only then put your gear away. Clean up tape and keep chalk in the bucket.
Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch & no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Keep it simple. Results reflect your nutrition & your training period.
While we do take our training seriously, we want everyone to have some fun in the process. We enjoy laugh as much as you do!