While the Hipsbear is not a big fan of CrossFit, it has been taking the world by storm. Despite its naysayers, CrossFit continues to raise the number of people who love it. It all started back in 2000 when we all thought, machines will take over the world because of the millennium bug. Surprisingly that didn’t happen, but Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai founded a company named CrossFit, Inc. The first gym opened up in Santa Cruz, California and by 2005 there were already 13 gyms, but it didn’t stop there. Now, by the end of 2016, there are more than 13,000 gyms. CrossFit has gotten a bad rap by some people saying that it can’t give the results that it claims. However, based on the gyms that keep popping out around the world I would say that I highly doubt those doomsters. As in every hobby, sport or activity there are things that we wish we knew before we started so that our transition will be easier.
This is probably the most important of them all, because if you will start listening to some people they will try to pull you down or tell you that it’s wrong. From experience, we’ve all have seen people that once we start something new, they will tell us that we shouldn’t do it for this or that reason. So you must be mentally prepared to ignore those people and continue with your workout.
Your body is out of shape
CrossFit is different than many other sports or physical activities and it requires hard work and dedication in order to make it. You go to the gym and finish your first workout and the next morning you can barely move because every muscle your body has will ache and you might feel like giving up, but the best thing that you can do is get back to that gym and do your workout. You will not regret it on the long run.
Confidence is the key. Just like in everything in life if you’re not confident, you can easily fail. You must get rid of the voices in the back of your head that keep telling you that you can’t do it and it’s better if you just quit, so it’s extremely important to keep pushing yourself and not give up no matter what happens.
Keep the ego in check
Confidence for sure is the key when doing CrossFit, but it is also important to know that you’re a beginner at this and have the beginner’s mindset. There are many fit people that when starting CrossFit think that they can do it with no problem but soon they find out that it’s not as easy as it looks and you must learn how to keep your ego in check.
Always ask for clarifications. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do the workout properly. If you don’t know how to actually do the work out always ask, until you’ve fully understood. Don’t feel like you’re holding the others back, remember everyone was a starter at some point, so there’s no need to feel ashamed.
Write things down
Those 3 simple words can help you more than anything else. Many newbies will feel bad to keep logs because they want to hide the fact that they’re beginners. This will help you more than you know because you can see your grows. If you don’t want to write about it in a log, you can use apps like Wodify. When you’re lacking motivation sometimes and feeling like you will give up, knowing how far you’ve come an being able to prove it to yourself in numbers can be a huge boost and help you get out of a rut.
Blisters, scrapes and bruises.
You need to be prepared to have blisters, bruises and scrapes and a lot of them, more than you ever had in your life. If you’re not ready to be a little hurt, it’s better not to start. You will get rope burns, blisters in your hands, your shins will hurt like hell from trying to do a box jump and missing the box and many other injuries.
The entire experience is customizable
The idea behind this is that everything can be customized to fit you. You don’t have to do it with the same weights or try to do the workout exactly like them. You can take your time, customize it and scale it to your liking. Don’t be ashamed that you can’t do the workout the same way as the people who’ve been doing it for months or even years, after all it took them that amount of time in order to be there.
The only competition that you have is yourself.
While it is fun sometimes to compare with your friends and see if you can a certain workout better or faster than them you must always keep in mind that you’re competing first and foremost with yourself. You’re competing to be better than you were yesterday. You will get frustrated from the times that you will fail or the pain that you will feel after workouts or when you injure yourself. The hardest part is admitting to yourself that when you fail doing a certain workout it’s all your fault and you need to do better than that in order to succeed.
Every day is different
It is guaranteed that every day will be different. From warm up to workouts everything will be different each time. Many sports or hobbies become boring after a while because they get repetitive and the excitement goes away because there’s no variety. That’s not the case with Crossfit, it constantly changes and this is what keeps people coming.
Many people are afraid to start CrossFit because they don’t know people, but the truth about CrossFit is that after a while you will form friendships that will last a lifetime. If you get injured the coaches will always help you and if you miss a few workouts your CrossFit friends will ask where you’ve been.
Get yourself some awesome gear to start. Buy good sports shoes and an awesome tank or/and shorts. You will feel much more confident and your motivation will increase. Also, putting on your training gear is like turning a key. You will go full crazy, once you’re common with it.
I hope I could make you interested in CrossFit and shaping your body. The good thing is, you’re gaining muscles AND do your cardio at once. And all that, having fun while doing it. So, what are you waiting for?