5 Handy Tips For The CrossFit Beginner

I’m not sure what tipped me over the edge and made me sign up for CrossFit.
It couldn’t have been the time I saw a bunch of cross fitters out on the road dragging along a tractor tyre…. I’m pretty sure I thought ‘WTF is wrong with these people!”
I reckon it was because I was getting bored working out at home alone, the gym never appealed to me, and I’d heard that CrossFit was a cult, so I was keen to experience what life inside a cult would be like.

Looking back on the year I’ve had so far inside Crossfit 04:35 (the best CrossFit cult in Auckland), I’ve had an incredible journey. I have changed as a person for the better. It’s not been easy, but that’s cult life for you.

I’ve put together some helpful information for anybody out there who is contemplating joining, or for newbies that are considering fleeing, you might just decide to stick around.

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You’re going to learn a new language.
Coming from a background in dance and never having lifted a barbell before, to me, it seemed like everyone spoke a different language. ‘WOD’, ‘trooper’ ‘Murph’, ‘RX’, ‘scale’, ‘sprint’, ‘run’, ‘sit-ups’ ‘high intensity’.
My advice, smile, nod, and pretend to understand, copy what the others are doing and eventually you’ll get it.

Get used to high fiving.
I’ve never been a big high fiver, the only time I’d ever been around people that high five was when I used to play business house 10 pin bowling. I was so out of high fiving practice that when the head coach walked toward me with his hand up in the air on my very first ever session, I ducked. Now at the end of a WOD, I’m dishing out sweaty high fives left right and centre. It’s such a great way to look your fellow troopers in the eye and say ‘i enjoyed working out alongside you today’ or ‘shit can’t believe we survived!’

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Just Show Up
It’s the hardest part, but I guarantee if you just turn up the rest will take care of itself. Crossfit will become the most difficult and the most rewarding thing you do in a day.

When you do show up leave your pride at the door and don’t compare yourself to the person next to you
I can’t stress this enough. Crossfit is hard, and cross-fitters come from all sorts of different backgrounds with varying skills and abilities. You will be learning new and challenging things, and it’ll get frustrating, but don’t let that frustration discourage you. Don’t be hard on yourself, you’ll probably suck at everything for a loooong time. It might take you years to accomplish moves like a pull up or to RX a workout. Just turn up with grit and put in the grind and you will find yourself sucking a little less each time.

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how I feel doing box jumps

Your most significant transformation will be from the neck up.
I’ve learnt a can-do attitude, I’ve learnt how to break big problems down into small bits and feel less overwhelmed by large projects. I’ve learnt that making yourself keep going when all you want to do is stop is the ultimate strength to develop, and that that strength will remain with me forever.
I’ve learnt to get over myself, and I’ve learnt that people inside CrossFit really do care about each other.

I’ve also learnt that I really really suck at maths. I’m sorry but counting and doing burpees is too much to ask of me. There is such a thing as WOD brain…..look it up, I have it, it’s incurable, but it’s not contagious.

So if you are contemplating joining the CrossFit cult, I hope this has given you the encouragement you need to take the first step and just show up.
If you have just been initiated and are thinking of fleeing, don’t give up! Crossfit has so much to offer, and you won’t find a better box than Crossfit 04:35

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