Beginners guide to CrossFit: your 10 commandments
CrossFit became one of the fastest growing sports worldwide in the last years. No wonder more and more people are getting into this ‘sport of fitness’. We cheer for that, because we believe in the challenging and effective way of training to get fit for life and live healthy. However, being not a seasoned CrossFitter or maybe even a true newbie, by raising your bar in fitness (literally and figuratively) you also raise some risks. So, wanna have a kick start, get healthy and become better? Then here are your 10 commandments!
#1 Yes you can start
We hear it all the time: “No I cannot start, CrossFit is for fit people.” Guess what: everyone can start. CrossFit is a sport that can be made suitable for everyone by adapting movements, weights, reps and so forth. You see all these fit people in the box, but they started at the some point as you. And they remember that like it was yesterday, so they understand you. By doing CrossFit you will get fitter you ever were, but you have to start somewhere!
#2 Gear up
No, you don’t have to spend all your money on new fancy stuff, but fact is that some gear is a good investment to start your fitness journey. You don’t go running on fashion sneakers either, right? So buy yourself some good CrossFit shoes (they are on sale all the time), some grips to protect your hands and a jumping rope. This is a good base for your CrossFit workouts.
#3 Watch your food
“Ok, I deserved this pizza for sure cause I just did a CrossFit training.” Recognize this? People that start working out tend to eat more than they need just because working out seems to be a ‘license to eat’. Don’t get me wrong, a pizza once in a while is no problem, but balance is key. You don’t have to overdo it because you’re working out three times a week now. If you want some results, than watch your food because that is evenly (and even more!) important for your fitness as training.
Eat whole unprocessed foods: make sure you get your unprocessed proteins, eat lots of veggies (and beans) and some fruits, nuts and seeds. Some may choose to include some minimally processed (plantbased) dairy or grain items.
#4 Don’t go too fast
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your fitness. We understand you want to go fast and get some results. We love that enthusiasm! But it’s our goal to keep you safe and sound and that should be yours too. By going too fast you will risk injuries. So when we see you all of a sudden every day, there is a chance your workout of the next day will be compulsory couch surfing… ;-) Remember, you’re in this for the long run!
#5 Take care of yourself
Not going too fast is part of taking care of yourself, but there’s more to it. Pay attention in the warm up and cool down and take it slow to get your body ready and rested again. Work on your mobility to get better results and cut your muscles some slack (we have an iPad at the front desk with a ROMWOD subscription). Take care of your hands when they have much to endure. And sleep enough, cause in bed is where your body is really built after training.
#6 Choose form over weight
It’s sooooo tempting. You see the weights on the board and at the bars around you. Should you get some more? We all know this inner voice and we’ve all chosen a too heavy weight at some point. But instead of ignoring and repeating, use that lesson learned. As long as you’re not mastering the moves than ALWAYS choose form over weight. No you’re not a pussy, you are a responsible and wise athlete getting the basics right to become better!