How to Get Started with CrossFit

Fitness

How to Get Started with CrossFit

Dec 15, 2014 //

If you think an extra challenge is just the breakthrough you need to reach your fitness goals, CrossFit just might be for you. CrossFit training is tough, but you’ll feel empowered rising to the challenge.

CrossFit makes use of a variety of exercise styles to bring you the ultimate workout collection. Crossfit training aims to improve 10 general physical skills essential to fitness:

  • Accuracy
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Stamina
  • Strength

Sound good? Here’s how to get started.

Pick the Right Gym and Trainer

Before you even get started, it’s important to search around and find a CrossFit “Box” – aka gym – and/or an affiliate trainer. The trainer makes all the difference – a great instructor knows how to motivate you, push you to the limits and keep you on top of your goals. You’ll notice that coaches are trained at either Level 1 (basic CrossFit fundamentals course) and Level 2 (essential CrossFit techniques for instructors), along with other training styles taught in specialty seminars.

A more in-depth understanding of anatomy, training techniques and instructor styles is taught in Level 2 courses than is taught in Level 1 courses. So you might find that a CrossFit trainer who’s completed the Level 2 course has put in the extra time to bring you a more satisfying workout experience.

…Or Consider Going Solo

CrossFit is sort of a community thing, and once you are in it, the rest of your class takes notice when you don’t show up. Now that’s motivation! But it you have a major aversion to group training you might consider going it alone. Just remember the cost to you will include buying each piece of exercise equipment you don’t already own. You might see it as an investment if you’re planning to continue training – and using – the items long into the future. Here are some of the most important items needed to start CrossFit training:

  • Weight bench
  • Free weights and dumbbells
  • Pull-up bar
  • Olympic barbell
  • Jump rope
  • Kettlebells
  • Gymnastics rings
  • Medicine ball

Check with Your Doctor

We’re not lying when we say this is an intense workout. If you have a hard time adjusting to high intensity workouts, struggle with endurance or suffer from heart conditions or asthma, there’s a possibility CrossFit could do your body more harm than good. CrossFit is known to attract serious athletes and former fitness professionals because of its ongoing intensity. CrossFit athletes to push hard through difficult sets and rise to new challenges. If you have a health issue that could put you at risk for injury when you decide to “push through” the next set, you shouldn’t do it.

Determine Your Limits

Before you even get started with CrossFit, it’s a good idea to take note of your personal setbacks—old injuries, blood pressure and heart issues, sports related asthma, and anything else you can think of—in order to avoid being pushed over the limit. The CrossFit community is notorious for breaking barriers and reaching personal fitness goals, so keep in mind, you will be challenged no matter what. How far are you willing to go?

Start On the Paleo Diet

The CrossFit system has been developed alongside the paleo diet plan, as a main motto of the fitness program remains, “you are what you eat.” Turns out, exercise is not all that effective without the proper diet. The paleo diet helps you keep up with this high-energy workout and reach the results you’re looking for.

Budget For It

Getting started with CrossFit may sound like a dream to you, and if you don’t have the extra cash to dish out each month for the fancy Box dues, it could just stay that way. There’s a reason why those who train with CrossFit are extremely dedicated and highly disciplined individuals, it’s because it can cost two to three times the dues of a regular gym membership. Make sure you have the money to set aside before you commit.

So you think you’re ready for CrossFit?

Amber Racer

Amber is a creative writer who practices qi gong and traditional Japanese martial arts techniques that date back to the samurai (Jinenkan). She founded The Oracle's Library indie publisher of Philosophy and loves to share her curious passion for mind-body-spirit topics, natural remedies, and good health practices with others.

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