28 days of me

Day 18

How to get started with CrossFit

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Info update: How to get started with CrossFit

A few people have asked me recently about how to get started. It somehow has a component of mystery to it – I guess because there is a process to becoming a member and you can’t just turn up like you can with a normal gym.

Firstly contact the CrossFit gym and ask to come in for a trial class. I have read that it is recommended to go to a few different ‘boxes’ to see which one you like best. The trainer will (should) know you are an ‘intro’ and will modify the exercises for you. The idea is you get a bit of a work out and a feel for what CrossFit is all about.

Word of warning. You are all of a sudden in a gym with people that are (generally) quite a bit (ok, probably a lot) fitter than you, there is a healthy competitive feel and you don’t want to look like a dweeb so it is very easy to push too hard in this trial class. I did, and had T-rex arms for 4 days after.

After the trial class you will probably spend a few days having trouble sitting down / walking up stairs / sitting up out of bed but, if you are still keen to get involved you will sign up for the next on-ramp course. This usually involves 1 month (sometimes as much as 3 months) of both technique classes and fitness classes to get you ready for the program.

And then thats it…you are an official member.

Resource for new starters

If you are serious about getting involved, and have the time, this is a good read. It is a tiny bit preachy, but also interesting and educational.

It is “a collection of CrossFit Journal Articles written over the last 10 years primarily by Coach Greg Glassman on the foundational movements and concepts that comprise the CrossFit methodology.”

It’s mainly for people who are interested in becoming a Level 1 Trainer but also a good reference for anyone who is keen to increase their fitness and CrossFit knowledge.

WOD results

No WOD today.

How are you feeling?

Good! A little sore but otherwise OK.