learning how to crossfit
Crossfit is a fitness program that’s certainly one of the most popular exercise offerings these days. It’s a very effective way to get fit because anyone can do it. It lies on the concept of improving your fitness levels through various functional movements done at high intensity at a given time frame. If you’re interested in a new fitness regimen, you may want to give crossfit a try. Sites like CrossFitSurvival.com will help you learn the basics of it, as well diet and nutrition guides that would certainly help you jumpstart your crossfit journey. Furthermore, here are 5 tips to learning crossfit you should know about:
- Join a local crossfit gym
Picking the right studio to train crossfit is not as easy as choosing the nearest warehouse gym. There has to be considerations for you to determine if it’s the right gym for you. Otherwise you may just end up wasting your money. A good crossfit gym will welcome you without discrimination and discuss your goals. An in-house coach would reach out to you and ask certain questions about your interest with crossfit. What are your goals and how can you tell when you’ve achieved them? It’s important for you to be transparent with your purpose so that you can get all the help you need.
Another thing to look at with the gym is their beginners program and the schedule. Of course you want something you can fit into your daily activities but not burn you out with advanced workouts. Don’t be afraid to try different gyms when starting out. It helps to know the difference between several gyms. The workout schedule, range of equipment, membership fee and so on make good considerations on picking the best one for your needs.
- Don’t be afraid to bulk up
The fear of bulking up from regular weightlifting is generally an unfounded one, especially for women. Perhaps a lot of them don’t want to end up as big as professional bodybuilders, but that’s still a long shot from your first day in the gym. It’s not like they’d grow bulging veins on their first month alone. So yeah, if you’re a woman, don’t be afraid to bulk up. Appreciate what your body can do with your new found strength and how it could benefit your health in the long run.
- Have a purpose
Don’t be in it just for the hype. Learn crossfit because of your own health and fitness goals. Having a purpose will make you motivated. What do you want to get out of learning crossfit? Unlike other fitness activities, crossfit isn’t like a sport with rules and specific movements. It’s building strength and improving your fitness levels through varied functional activities like lifting weights, jumping boxes, sprinting, and so on. Every workout builds a different muscle group. Do you want to become stronger? Do you want to improve your health? Then take your WODs (workout of the day) seriously.
- Be consistent
As with every goal, being consistent in your activities build discipline which would lead to success. Show up consistently to your gym and try to accomplish even just the WOD every day. Just like any habit, you’ll only see results after doing it religiously. For starters, try going at least 2 times a week. Do it consistently over a month and increase your attendance to 3x a week until you can manage a more frequent schedule. Eventually you’ll notice a big difference in your strength and endurance levels and even your form.
- Make it a lifestyle
If fitness is your primary goal, it’s hard to stick to just one activity. Variety plays a big role in honing our body’s physical capabilities so it may seem counterintuitive to make crossfit into a lifestyle. But then again, you don’t always have to go to the gym to practice crossfit, you can do it at the confines of your home. Crossfit introduces functional exercises that almost anyone can do and doesn’t require specific equipment. So in a sense, it’s possible to squeeze in a quick WOD every day wherever you are.