I initially didn’t want to join CrossFit because I was continually told that it was dangerous and I heard from my previous gym that CrossFit can hurt you but hey ANYTHING you do in life can injure you if you don’t do it correctly, or haven’t taken into consideration your level of fitness, flexibility or health.
Prior to CrossFit I had never actually picked up a barbell. I was always uncomfortable and felt unwelcome in the weight lifting area. I remember my first CrossFit class. We did Push Press and I was PETRIFIED but I’m glad I took the plunge out of my comfort zone and started lifting weights.
None of this is easy for sure. You have to work hard for it and earn it. Now the decision is yours. GET COMMITTED AND GET STARTED!
If you have any question about your form or how to perform a certain move, ASK ASK ASK. Your COACH is your best friend so let the Coaches Coach you. That is why I would encourage you to interview and consult with coaches to utilize them to help you with their education to generate true health and not just tell you what they think they want you to hear and also you don’t need to get fancy, just focus on proper form and do it often.
(1) Don’t be intimidated – Everyone can do CrossFit and there are an infinite number of ways to scale WODs. Don’t be scared to drop the weight! They’re made of rubber for a reason! I now know, it’s better to drop a weight on the floor than to try to catch it and hurt myself.
Also, don’t psyche yourself out. Form comes first. Keep the load light until you master the basics. I get scared loading on weight. My method is to add 5lbs at a time because it helps me stay confident.
(2) Educate Yourself – Learn all of the exercises, know your performance numbers, read books, blogs and ask questions. Always be a student of the sport and keep an open mind. If you do, you’ll succeed.
(3) Be patient – Some of the movements–especially the oly lifts–may challenge you more than others. Things like the snatch just take time. Even experienced crossfitters are always working on technique. Don’t give up because you are uncomfortable! That’s really the difference here, having a group of dedicated professionals working with you every step of the way to achieve what might seem impossible. With time and consistency, you WILL improve in every movement. Period. It took me forever to just squat decently and I am constantly working on it. We are all works in progress.
(4) Listen Up – Coaches are there to help. They don’t want to see anyone get hurt or develop bad habits. When they tell you to reduce weight, stop the workout, or change how you’re performing a movement, LISTEN and DO IT. They know best; that is why members pay them to be there. The coaches are there to provide a safe and motivating environment designed for your success.
Remember: Form is important. BE SMART!!! If you get hurt because you’re not being smart, then its not Crossfit that did it….it’s you!
Take that first step today by doing something outside your comfort zone and don’t forget to REWARD yourself.
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March is the founder of the Barbell Beauties. Her goal is simple… Empower every woman to grab a barbell and LIFT. She’s been an active CrossFitter for 7 years and credits that sport for turning her into a true athlete.