Is starting CrossFit on your list of goals? No? Well, it should be! Juuuuust kidding…I just say that because I love it so much. I love the intensity, the variety, the sense of community, and the results I get. Over the last few years, it’s become my primary form of fitness, and I’ve seen more improvements in my strength and conditioning than ever before. If you’re new to CrossFit, or maybe even new to working out, don’t you worry! I reassure you, anyone can do it!
I also think it’s a great introduction to lifting weights if you’ve never done it before. I’ve always been into weightlifting, but for women who are new to strength training, I think CrossFit is wonderful for showing them just how strong they can be and just how powerful and amazing their bodies are. It takes the focus of weight loss goals and puts it on improving your skills and abilities. You’ll start to focus on a better back squat or getting your first pull-up rather than fitting into a certain size of jeans.
Beginner CrossFit Tips
YOU DON’T NEED ANY SPECIAL CLOTHING OR GEAR
Regular workout clothes and some athletic shoes are all you need to get started. Essentially anything you’re comfortable moving in. I typically wear workout shorts or tights and a tighter-fitting tank top or t-shirt. Most days, I don’t use any extra gear except maybe my most comfortable training shoes.
As for gear, there isn’t anything you need to do CrossFit. There is absolutely no special clothing you need to get an awesome workout and start seeing improvements. Your box will have the equipment needed to complete the workouts, and from there, it’s all just extras and accessories you can discover as you progress in your CrossFit journey.
BE CONSISTENT AND PATIENT. RESULTS WILL COME
Just keep going. If you’re enjoying it, give yourself at least 3 months before you decide if it’s for you or not. Be patient. Results take time, but if you’re consistent, they absolutely will come. The exciting thing as a beginner is that results come fairly quickly, even in 30 days you can see a difference in your strength and overall fitness.
If you commit to a year of consistent training, it’s amazing what you can achieve. I think 2-4 classes a week is realistic for beginners, depending on your level of fitness when you start. It may take a while for your body to get used to training at that intensity, so at the beginning, you might need more recovery time between training days.
PRACTICE HANGING ON THE BAR
One of the hardest things for me at the beginning was simply just hanging off a bar. This made pull-ups and toes to bar difficult because my grip was so weak and I could only hold on for a few seconds. It takes a bit of work to build those muscles up if you haven’t done it much before. Depending on your level of fitness, start practicing a dead hang off the bar for about 10 seconds and then build up from there. Try building up to a few sets of 30-60 seconds before or after classes.
WORK ON YOUR MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
Your box will have evil mobility and stretching devices like foam rollers, bands, and balls. Use them. Work on your tight spots. It will make a world of difference your training and recovery. See an RMT or physio if you’re unsure of where to start.
TRY NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED
I’m not sure how things will be in your box, but coming into mine can be intimidating at times. Especially if you’re new to that type of gym and style of working out. You won’t know anybody, people will be crashing and banging on the platforms, women, and men doing muscle-ups, and there may be 6-packs all over the place.