As I was scrolling through Facebook the other day I saw an article titled “5 moves to master before entering a Box”. Immediately it gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I opened the article and it goes on to explain common movements we perform in the gym…How on earth is someone suppose to master something without being taught by someone who knows these movements and was trained to instruct them? Self learning really doesn’t work when it comes to movement. You need to have eyes on you. This got me thinking…how many people read this article, saw these moves and immediately thought CrossFit is not for them because they can’t do these movements…yet. How many people think they cant do CrossFit because they’re not in CrossFit shape…yet!
We’re here to explain that this could not be further from the truth, and that YOU can in fact start CrossFit TODAY.
First, let’s look at what the overall goal in CrossFit is. We define fitness as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Basically that means, increase your ability to perform X as fast as possible or as much as possible. X is always a functional movement or a combination of functional movements. This means it can transfer over into your everyday life. When we increase your capacity to perform X, it increases your overall quality of life. For instance, if you have trouble carrying in all the groceries, or maybe even standing up off the toilet, CrossFit will help you substantially. If you don’t have issues there, it will make you very able and you’ll look damn good as well.
The biggest reason you should not try to get in shape before starting CrossFit is that it could potentially do more harm than good. To get in shape, you’re going to have to move. How you move is very important to making sure you stay fit for as long as possible. We refer to it simply as movement patterns. When beginners start getting in shape by themselves without the guide of an experienced trainer, they can develop movement patterns that are less than ideal. Every repition with bad movement patterns gets ingrained to the newbies head. Movement patterns can be very hard to rewire and when they are bad, pain is usually and eventually accompanied. We are not talking about the deep burn that comes from working your muscles to exhaustion, were talking about tension that causes discomfort during and after workouts. Pain makes everything so much harder. You associate training with it and then eventually you stop because you don’t want to be in pain anymore. Then we are right back to square one. If this speaks to you, and you’re still concerned about group setting training and getting the attention you need, personal training is always an option!
Start off with experienced trainers so they can show you how to train with pain free range of motion and ensure your success over the long haul!
Another reason you shouldn’t try to get fit before starting CrossFit is that it will not help you in the slightest. The program never gets easier. You only get better. CrossFit works by pushing everyone to their maximum threshold for intensity. This means, that no matter how in shape you are, everyone in the room feels the exact same stimulus during the workout. Also the group setting makes it much easier to push yourself when you want to slow down (which is really easy when you’re alone).
Lastly, ask yourself if your concerns are physical or are they by-product of your thoughts? Don’t let your insecurities keep you from trying something that looks new and fun. I would encourage anyone to just try if you’re interested. At the very least, drive up to the gym and sit in to watch a class.
We will tell ourselves anything in order to protect ourselves from being embarrassed. Us as coaches will even do this in our own way at times, but we are quick realize that all good things in life came from outside of our comfort zones.