For a beginner, CrossFit Training can all sound a bit daunting! Learning to clean, overhead squat, snatch or even a pull-up may seem too far out of reach, especially if you have never heard of some of these movements!
They, however, are movements that largely replicate day-to-day activities such as standing from a bed or chair, lifting groceries, throwing a ball to your household pet, running after your children or even bending over whilst gardening. This is a HUGE advantage with CrossFit, as most of its prescribed exercises show that there is no age, gender, weight, disability or level of fitness that decreases the need for functional movement.
In it’s most simplest form, CrossFit is defined as:
Constantly Varied – So you won’t be doing the same monotonous training day-in-day-out. Every day is different and you will never get bored!
Functional Movement – No machines, or movements that don’t replicate human movement in every day life. So there is no sitting on a machine and squeezing your shoulders or legs up and down – we do regular human movement patterns like squat, bend, push, pull, etc. These help you live a better life every day!
At an intensity relative to you! – This is the part that is misinterpreted from people who don’t understand the proper CrossFit methodology and don’t amend the program to the people they serve. The training is about making the most of your time in the gym. Not sitting around and doing nothing. But the intensity piece should only be increased once you have a solid foundation and you can move well, then move well consistently, before you worry about moving faster.
Is CrossFit suitable for beginners?!
The short answer is yes – but you need to ensure a couple of key things are in place before you start your journey:
- Movement Assessment – It doesn’t matter how well you move, if you have any underlying imbalances with your body (stronger/weaker one side compared to the other or more/less mobile one side compared to the other) you are going to be on a one-way ticket to getting injured regardless if you do CrossFit, regular gym, or stay sedentary. It’s super important you get a proper assessment done before starting.
- Private 1-1 Coaching First – Make sure you don’t get thrown into the group CrossFit class initially. All of the best CrossFit gyms will make you do a few sessions 1-1 with a coach to teach you all the movements and ensure you are moving safe and correct before you start.
- Qualified CrossFit Coaches – These days it seems like everyone is a CrossFit coach, but for many gyms out there all they are doing is getting a workout off of the internet and calling it ‘CrossFit’. There is much, much more that goes into a proper CrossFit program to get the results you are after. Ensure the people coaching you are qualified in the CrossFit training method.
- Track Record Of Success – Make sure you find a CrossFit gym that has proven history of success with clients just like you (easiest way is to see the amount and quality of reviews they have on google). The more they have – the better as it means they have worked with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.
We wanted to share five key things we want you to know before starting below.