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How to Survive Your First Week of CrossFit - Part 1

July 05, 2017

what you need to know about your first week of crossfit

CrossFit has taken the world by storm for a reason: it works. It not only delivers results, it creates community. When you join a CrossFit gym (or “Box”), you become part of a family growing together and supporting one another through the journey. People get incredible results from CrossFit because it’s more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle that takes people to the next level. Many times, they are so busy enjoying being part of a community and relishing enhanced wellness, their muscle results are secondary.

One of the hardest parts of CrossFit is actually walking into the Box for the first time. Many people find it very intimidating to overcome that first hurdle, and it’s often because they’re worried they won’t be able to last a week. In today’s blog, we are going to arm you with tools you use to tackle your first week and start earning those results.

Leave your past fitness experiences behind.

You will get the best results from CrossFit if you can walk in with as clean a slate as possible. Whether you’ve had nasty experiences with fitness or you were top of your high school weight lifting class, you need to drop it all at the door and allow yourself to experience CrossFit without being bogged down by what you’ve experienced in the past. It won’t just make your experience better, it will help your CrossFit family embrace you.

Be open to change.

Following the last point, it’s important to realize that CrossFit has different goals and principles than a lot of other fitness disciplines. You will get the most out of your entire CrossFit experience if you keep an open mind and let yourself learn what CrossFit has to offer. If you don’t keep your mind open, you may not get the results you hope for.

Learn the lingo.

Part of what sets CrossFit apart is the lingo. You’ll see and hear a lot of abbreviations and acronyms, and it can make you feel like you’re on the outside. The best way to get out of this is to ask questions. The people there won’t expect you to know everything, and you shouldn’t, either. Don’t be too shy to ask questions and get the answers you need.

The gear isn’t that important.

You probably will see people changing shoes, wrapping their wrists and hands, and using compression sleeves. Don’t worry about it. All you need at first is a good pair of shoes (and your bits covered). Focus on getting good at the basics, and if you find that you love CrossFit, you can invest in gear as you progress. There’s nothing worse than buying all the gear for a sport you quickly discover you don’t even enjoy, so take your time.

Read Part 2