You may have landed on this website because you recently found out about CrossFit through word of mouth. Maybe you saw the CrossFit Games on ESPN, or watched one of the many crazy YouTube videos of intense CrossFit workouts. I often talk to people who are just learning about the CrossFit world and although they seem curious, they openly tell me they’re intimidated. Now I can understand how those videos online or the Games on ESPN tend to intimidate someone who is considering to try CrossFit for the first time, but there are plenty of good reasons why you shouldn’t let the intimidation be a road block to your potentially life altering journey to become healthy and fit. Let me first clarify that CrossFit is not a franchise, and every CrossFit gym can be very different in terms of how they operate. The overall vibe, personality, and quality of each CrossFit location will be unique and should be considered when choosing one to join. I’d now like to debunk some of the common concerns people have when they are intimidated to try CrossFit for the first time. Below are three top quotes I hear when talking to people. Next to the quotes are my honest responses:
“It looks too difficult” – To be honest, it is difficult and challenging. The main thing to understand is that CrossFit is completely scalable to anyone’s current ability. That’s exactly what makes this program accessible to anyone who is willing to work hard to improve their fitness. Our coaches will determine how to scale the workout for you. At first, we will keep you inside your comfort zone while exercising. Meaning, you won’t get your but kicked the first day so you don’t want to work out ever again. The focus will be on form and technique before adding significant amount of weight to your lifts. After a few weeks or so, we’ll start to find the edge of your comfort zone. After that, you will find that if you keep training just outside that comfort zone, you’ll continue to push yourself to new fitness levels and accomplish things you never thought were possible. As a coach I get to see this happen daily. It’s my favorite part of being a coach.
“I have to exercise before I can start CrossFIt” – Honestly, this one cracks me up. You absolutely do not have to work out to prepare for working out. That’s just silly. Understandably, this comment comes from the same point mentioned above. People don’t understand that CrossFit is scalable to their current abilities and fitness level. Even if you have been a couch potato all your life, CrossFit is the best starting point to getting fit. For one, if you have access to a gym, you may end up doing exercises incorrectly and cause more harm than good to yourself. Most people simply do not know what to do at a gym. They find some basic routines and stick to them forever. Then you hear about them getting bored, or not seeing results. At CrossFit the routine is constantly changing. There’s always a coaches eyes on you making sure you move properly. There’s an overall plan to improve your fitness and you don’t have to worry about it. Just show up and work hard. That’s it.
“The women in the videos or on TV doing CrossFit are too buff. I don’t want to get that buff” – Let’s be honest, I mean really be honest. Those female athletes you see doing crazy difficult work outs and look a bit too muscular for your taste… Yeah there’s only a small chance you will ever get like that. If you don’t want to be a competitive athlete, you have no chance of getting like that. No one gets buff by accident. It takes hard work for years. The competitive CrossFit athletes train quite differently than CrossFit athletes who just want to be fit. They emphasize more on strength (ie: power lifting and Olympic weightlifting). Our CrossFit classes are more balanced with gymnastics and cardio in addition to weightlifting. So if you join our regular CrossFit classes even up to six times per week, you will not get “too buff”. You will however see vast improvements in your endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy of your body movements. At the same time you can enjoy a better physique from a leaner, stronger, fitter body.
Well, I hope this eases some anxiety you may have when thinking about trying your first CrossFit class. Carson CrossFit is very welcoming to first timers. We’ll take good care of you. Having said that, try a class to see what it’s about. See for yourself how much fun it is and how effective it can be toward reaching your fitness goals.