Whether you’ve been doing cross fit for a while, are still new or thinking about trying it out. .. here are a few tips to help you out and what I wish I would have known before my first class. . . and what I keep in mind every time I go for a workout.
1. you won’t know what the gibberish on the board means for a while. . .
after a few months, there are still things that I’ve never seen before or don’t know the abbreviations. Thankfully everyone, like seriously everyone, at the box are so nice and will tell you what it means if you just ask. PS – don’t be afraid to ask anything at anytime to your fellow cross fitters or to the coaches. Cross Fit is amazing for the team atmosphere, so even though every movement (unless you are doing a partner workout) is very individualized, there is the support and help from the group.
2. you will destroy your hands no matter how much chalk you use. Ahhh it seems so nice and easy, right? Just put a little chalk on your hands and it will all be ok. Nope. Not true. Not even a little bit. Now, I haven’t (knock on wood) torn open my hands but I am sporting some pretty nice calluses. And they didn’t get there easily or just overnight. It took really the past two months to slowly (and sometimes painfully) build them up. Remember to use the chalk though. .. even though it doesn’t magically heal your hands, it does help. A lot. And you look pretty B.A. leaving the gym with chalk handprints all over your pants, am I right?
3. No matter what the WOD, you will feel like you are going to die at some point during it. Oh man, before starting CF, I didn’t believe there was any way you could get in a good workout if the WOD was only AMRAP 8 minutes (as many reps as possible in 8 minutes). But I am here to tell you that not only is it 100% possible to get a good butt kicking in those 8 minutes, at the end of those 8 minutes, all you want to do is lay on the floor and thank goodness that it wasn’t AMRAP 9 minutes.
4. There will be some moves that you L.O.V.E. and some that you H.A.T.E. For me – I love pull ups, box jumps, and cleans. I loathe snatch, running (ironic, I know – but I don’t like 200/400 sprints. . . give me 5 miles any day over those distances), and turkish get ups . .. my left side just doesn’t like to do them.
5. you are going to love it Pure and simple. Cross Fit is awesome. It is challenging. And fun. And different.
Have you tried out Cross Fit? What truths would you share??
Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!