Starting a workout routine is sometimes the hardest part of the entire endeavor. It can be intimidating to walk into a CrossFit workout center; there will no doubt be muscular men and women who are so far beyond your level that you want to turn around and never go back. Sometimes, knowing what all is involved before going in will help you to look past the sweating bodies and daunting workouts to boost your confidence from the beginning. For some food for thought, read through these tips from regular CrossFit attendees so you won’t be completely surprised when you walk in.
Customizable CrossFit WODs
Everyone was a beginner at some point. Even the most muscular of men were once intimidated and got their butt’s kicked at their first CrossFit workout. CrossFit WODs are meant to be challenging, but they can also be personalized to your capabilities. Each movement is scalable, and there are modifications that can be made. You should never feel uncomfortable doing an exercise; if you feel strained for even just a little nervous, slow it down. Starting slow and focusing on the movements will give you the opportunity to learn the exercise as well as get a good workout.
A life lesson as well as a CrossFit workout lesson, the stereotypes of who attends CrossFit aren’t all true. There are many average people, men and women, who want to take advantage of CrossFit, not just bodybuilders. Experiment with different CrossFit spaces to find one where you feel comfortable. Also try different classes from the same place so you can see exactly who attends that specific space. At CrossFit MOB, we have Open Gym sessions where you can work on individual movements or WODs, so you can take your time and work up to a level that is comfortable but still challenging.
Again, everyone was a beginner at some point, and everyone was shocked to find how challenging certain movements can be, but don’t let yourself lose confidence. Walking in the door is an accomplishment, picking up that bar bell was an accomplishment, doing that 100th burpee was an accomplishment, and climbing that rope was an accomplishment; each step that you achieve is a step in the right direction, and each time you complete a workout, the easier it will get. Allowing yourself to be confident in what you have done will give you the motivation you need to keep going.
Write Everything Down
Keep track of everything that you did at each workout, even if it was just a quick twenty minute session. When you can look back in two months, six months, one year, and see what used to cause your muscles to be sore for days and compare it with what you can do now, that is motivation enough to push on through the most difficult CrossFit workouts.
CrossFit workouts are hard, there’s no argument in that. However, being aware of everything that is involved is a great way to get started. Contact CrossFit MOB to learn more about our programs and CrossFit WODs and get a tour of our facility. Put on your favorite workout shoes, and come see what you can accomplish with hard work and dedication.