We asked our members to give us their best advice for beginners. They delivered! Take a minute to read through what our members had to say. As you do so, remember great advice comes from experience, which, as we know, consists of many ups and downs. Your concerns and fears may take on different forms, but at their core, they are not as original as you think. The advice you are about to read comes from people just like you who have felt what you may be feeling right now: unsure, nervous, excited, interested, skeptical, and/or ready! The only difference is that they said, “this is enough” and took action!
During the WOD’s focus on your goals and always ask yourself, “Why am I working out?” The answer to “why” will motivate and give you the mental and physical energy to challenge yourself and complete the workout - even if it’s one rep at a time.
-Moe J, 29
When you take the time to focus on yourself and your goals, it's like a mental vacation. When you see the whole community has your back and your hard work begins to pay off, it feels amazing. Keep going and make yourself better than yesterday! You won’t regret it!
-Gina C, 56
Don’t cherry-pick workouts. What you are least excited to work on is probably what you need to do more of to get better results!
Strive for perfect form first, strength second!
- Nina R, 32
Don't be afraid to ask questions. No one knew what they were doing when they started.
There are good days. There are bad days. Then there is that awesome day when you do something you've never done before. Then the cycle repeats.
-Justin K, 40
Have a short memory for both the highs and the lows. You can’t let the lows linger and allow doubt to consume your energy. Celebrating the highs for too long will cloud your focus and hinder further growth.
Embrace the good and bad days because they are an essential part of progress in Crossfit.
Look at the white board and be thankful that you have an opportunity to crush a new PR or get better at something.
-Jim W, 53
Just keep going until you enjoy it!
-Robin H, 55
Listen to your body, not your ego.
-Andrew H, 51
Like anything else that is new, it is going to be tough in the beginning. You’re going to be sore every day for 3 weeks but I promise, your body will adjust... Stick with it and be conservative in the beginning.
-Mark W, 20
Schedule your gym time into your daily routine, stick to it, and schedule other things around it.
-Allison G, 43
During the workouts (WODs) pace yourself. You do not want to burn out before it's over.
Modify as required. (CrossFit is endlessly modifiable)
Above all keep decent form and use pacing to help keep yourself moving correctly.
-Will J, 58
Always warm up and know your limits.
Most of all have fun!
-Lisa C, 57
Use the buddy system, make a friend the first day. There are plenty of awesome people at the gym. Having someone in your preferred class you like will help motivate you through the early weeks and months. They will also help introduce you to everyone else.
Be a student, proper form above all else. More than preventing injury it allows you to progress faster by being more efficient and using the right muscles. Bad form can lead to injury (taking you out of the gym for weeks) and/or issues with more complex lifts that rely on proper fundamentals in the supporting movements. (ie the way a proper Deadlift is required for a proper Snatch)
Keep your eyes on your own plate, everyone is at a different point in their journey, with different goals and challenges. What someone else is doing does not matter to you and your path. Worry about beating yourself enough every day to make a difference, while also being kind enough to yourself by knowing when to dial it back.
Recover as hard as you work. Muscle and change is made during rest, don't forget the importance of sleep, hydration and eating habits.
Chris B, 42
I’m still a newbie; but I’ve learned that it’s okay to be scared and intimidated in the beginning. When your hands pick up a barbell for the first time and you find yourself doing things that you never thought you would do, all of your previous misconceptions and insecurities start to fade and those intimidating “impossible” lifts become possible.
Keep an open mind; with incredible coaches and unstoppable goals, you can do anything you set your mind to. Stay motivated and always ask yourself: “how bad do you want it?”
-Steph A, 29
Commit to your goals and what you came here to accomplish in the first place. When you are unsure, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The coaches are super helpful and will keep you on track.
Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and be a part of this amazing community. As long as you stay humble and work hard, you will do well and meet a lot of amazing people.
Be conservative in the beginning and focus on technique. Then you will learn how leverage your strengths to help overcome your weaknesses.
- Mike S, 18
A huge THANK YOU to all of our awesome members who make this place special!
I am very grateful for you.