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There are a lot of new things to learn and it can be overwhelming as a CrossFit Beginner. Not only do you have to focus on proper technique with the plethora of different exercises, but you learn different stretches and mobility drills, understand when to push or when to slow down during a workout, and everything else that the class has programmed for the hour-long class.
When I first started CrossFit I was pumped! It was something new and exciting from the normal strict and mundane movements perform at a traditional gym. I engulfed myself in it every day. I went to every class, I stayed during open gym and practiced movements, I’d go home and study as much as I could to prepare myself for the next day’s WOD. You could say I had an addiction for sure! But one thing that took me a while to understand was that CrossFit for beginners is much different than CrossFit for the veteran athlete.
Even though I tried to learn as much as I could from my coaches and other outside sources, I was moving to quickly and not taking the time to fully break things down and understand them. Why do we need to do 70% of my clean and when I feel good and could probably do all my sets at 80%? I can do butterfly pull ups, but how do I properly warm up for them to keep my shoulders healthy and injury free? The saying slow and steady wins the race is very true when starting out and will help you reap even more results down the road. Plus, you’ll greatly decrease the chance of injury!
If you’re someone that hasn’t tried it yet, I highly suggest finding a gym that has a beginner CrossFit class that will teach you the basics first, show you modifications, and keep you feeling safe and confident whenever you attack a workout! If a find a gym that doesn’t provide it and wants to have you jump right into the regular class, run the opposite direction!
These are 5 things that everyone starting CrossFit should know! If you have any questions or comments on this video or any other topic related to it, leave them down below! Be sure to subscribe and watch our other videos covering a wide variety of different CrossFit tips! 🙂