The common myth when it comes to CrossFit is that it is only for the ELITE athlete and that you NEED to get in “shape” (whatever that means) before they ever walk into a CrossFit gym. That is so far from the truth it’s concerning. That’s like telling your child that telling your child they need to learn how to read on their own before they go to school. People come in to CrossFit classes to learn how move properly and how to achieve their specific goals. After hearing this bothersome myth I couldn’t help but develop 3 tips for EVERYONE before they start CrossFit
1) You don’t need to get in “shape” before you start CrossFit
The reason why this is such a ridiculous answer is because what you were doing before CrossFit was not CrossFit nor was it close to CrossFit. You can not get prepared for something you have never done doing something completely opposite to what you will do in a new CrossFit gym or with your new CrossFit coach. Instead of getting in “shape” before you start CrossFit walk yourself in a local CrossFit gym or call them and set up your 1st appointment.
2) ALL legit CrossFit gym offers a FREE class or a FREE consultation
The first thing you want to know when it comes to starting CrossFit is that the coaches genuinely care about you and that you are not just a number. If your local CrossFit gym does not offer you a FREE class or a FREE consultation then that is not a place you want to spend your time or money at. In your FREE class or FREE consultation you will be able to see how that specific CrossFit gym runs their program and how they approach each individual. During this process you will be able to see if this specific location is a good fit for you or not. Before even checking out this gym be sure to write out a list of things you are looking for in a new gym. After you have met with your new coach or joined a class you will know right away if you want to start CrossFit or not. Bring a friend also because when you have a friend it’s easier to say “yes” or “no” with support.
3) Stop trying to control the scene and trust your coach
After you have passed the first 2 tips just let go of any control you want to have and allow your new coach or coaches to lead you. Once you decide to give this a legitimate trial make sure you do everything your coach tells you. The thing to remember is that you are not a professional in this field and your coach is. He/She works with clients 5-7 days a week for 3-8 hours a day and have national certifications, they know what they are talking about. When you give resistance this prohibits you from getting the full experience. Now I’m not saying don’t ask questions but I am saying trust your coach that they do have their best interest for you.
There are so many excuse out there that stop us from achieving our goals and taking that extra step to bettering our self. The only way the impossible things start happening is you believe they are possible. So stop over thinking it and make the best decision of your life and try CrossFit. If you enjoy it then continue with it, if you do not love it then never do it but move on to another thing. As long as you try it and not avoid it you can honestly say you gave it a try. My ultimate challenge is: give CrossFit a 90 day trial. In that time period you will definitely know how you feel about it.