From the Couch to CrossFit: 5 Things Beginners Need to Know Before Joining a Box

From the Couch to CrossFit: 5 Things Beginners Need to Know Before Joining a Box

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By now you have seen them on TV, you’ve shopped next to them at the grocery store, and you may even be living with one. These people love WOD’s, eat Paleo, and workout in a box. These individuals range from soccer moms to students to professional athletes. Who are these people? Well, I’m talking about CrossFitter’s.

CrossFit is defined as “constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity.” It is used by police academies, military special operations units, and elite athletes worldwide. It involves running, rowing, weightlifting, gymnastics, and specializes in not specializing. CrossFit wants to prepare you for anything and everything. That may mean lifting your child, picking up groceries, or running from a barking dog. While high-level officials and athletes use this workout to condition themselves, CrossFit is a sport that anyone can do because every workout has universal scalability to ones level and abilities. That means during one class, the new Mom can be working out next to the top-tier athlete. Load (how much weight) and intensity (reps) are changed, but the programs are not.

With the sounds of weights slamming and music blasting through the speakers, it’s easy to be intimidated from the outside, but once you join a CrossFit, you will find some of the nicest, most genuine people you have ever met. It’s easy to mistake these people as zealots or cultish, but CrossFit is not just a sport, it’s a community. Much like the sports we played in childhood, this newfound sport geared mostly towards adults creates the same camaraderie we looked forward to in our after-school days. As adults, most are limited to socializing during work hours or happy hour. Social gatherings are limited to eating and drinking. While I am definitely still a fan of the former, I have become a very big fan of CrossFit. CrossFit gives adults a way to socialize in a positive environment where they learn new things together and bond in the mutual suffering of workouts…and enjoy it!

There are things to know and crucial steps to take when going from the couch to CrossFit. CrossFit gyms are called boxes. Everyday there is a programmed “WOD,” or workout of the day. When you join a box, you will most likely and should be taken through an “on-ramp” program, which is an educational course that lasts around 6 weeks and prepares you for general CrossFit classes. Coaches will teach you how to perform every exercise correctly, how to mobilize yourself, and how to prepare your body for what lies ahead. On-ramp is the foundation for CrossFit. Remember, CrossFit is a very intense program and it is not advised that you go from being sedentary to completing CrossFit workouts at 100 percent intensity.

But before you start drinking the CrossFit cool aid, click the link below for a list of important things you need to know…

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