CrossFit has recently exploded in popularity. More and more gyms are creating CrossFit-specific schedules and programs, which can be both exciting and confusing to people new to CrossFit. That being said, here are some CrossFit tips that absolute beginners should know:
What is CrossFit?
Developed by Coach Greg Glassman in 2000, CrossFit is an exercise and strength training program used worldwide. CrossFit focuses on varied functional movement at high intensity using barbells, dumbbells, and anything else you can lift. With the constant change in exercises, the body is never allowed to get comfortable, so you are always getting results. Unlike most other forms of exercise, CrossFit is designed for people of all skill levels and can be scaled to fit each individual.
1. Learn the Basics
Before starting CrossFit, it’s helpful to study the terminology. When you’re new to CrossFit, the terms and abbreviations may seem like an entirely different language.
2. Visit gyms offering CrossFit training
Try out many gyms before deciding on the one nearest to where you live or work. To find the best CrossFit gym for you, try out a few in your region and pay attention to a few crucial factors: quality and credentials of coaching, safety, and the culture of its members.
3. Perform a preliminary fitness evaluation.
To assist you in determining if CrossFit is the ideal fitness program for you, the initial fitness exam allows you to meet the coach and learn about the gym’s community and culture.
A fitness evaluation with a CrossFit coach is recommended before beginning courses. A broad range of motion, ballistic or explosive movement patterns and body postures that may be unfamiliar to you are common in CrossFit workouts. Your coach will want to examine how you squat, deadlift, and press overhead and how long you can keep your heart rate up for a cardio workout without being out of breath.
4. Test the Waters
While on your first trial sign-up, keep an eye out for items that might make or damage your trial experience. The quality of coaching, the culture, and the workout area’s safety should all be considered.
5. Do not compare yourself to others
At the beginning of any fitness plan, overdoing it can lead to injury or, at the absolute least, severe discomfort that keeps you from the gym for a long time.
6. Align the exercise to your goals
CrossFit workouts don’t have to be performed exactly as they are instructed. As a result, the whole experience may be tailored to your current fitness level and goals and account for any ailments or discomfort you may be experiencing.