We’ve all been where you are right now: on the fence, unsure of what you are walking in to, thinking you may not be able to do all of the things you’ve seen CrossFitters do on ESPN. The absolute hardest part is walking through the door that very first time; the rest, we will take care of when you get here!
Three quick Q&A’s we hear a lot from first time participants:
Q. What if I can’t do a pull-up/lift/squat, etc.?
A. No problem! No matter your athletic background and level, we scale workouts for ALL beginners to match your skill level. The best part about CrossFit is it can be adapted to every level, and we will teach you how to move safely through every element in a workout. Watch this and be inspired!
Q. I don’t understand the lingo: WOD, AMRAP, Thruster, Wall ball??
A. That’s ok! Everyone goes through learning what all of the words mean and learning the movements. We begin every workout explaining the movements and going through each part with the class before you begin. Ask all of the questions you have!
Q. There are three workouts listed – What workout do I do?
A. We have three workouts we run at each class, and you pick one of them based on what your preferences are. The first workout is a strength based program that typically has a lift and short workout following; if your goal is to lift weights in addition to an overall fit program, this is for you.
The second workout is Leanfit and is more body weight style workouts. These will have lighter weights, more reps. Leanfit is great to follow for the first few weeks of starting CrossFit, learn all of the movements and get used to the volume and demands of the workouts. It’s great metabolic conditioning, but do not be fooled into thinking it’s “easy”, because it never is :).
The last workout is DE (dynamic endurance): these are designed for the runners and endurance athletes. These workouts are generally longer (~30 minutes), involve running and body weight movements.
You will have the best gains following one program for several weeks/months, rather than cherry picking based on what you like to do. They all are challenging and all will provide you with a great fitness level.
(Want to read more? Check out the FAQs from crossfit.com.)