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10 Things That Happen When You Start CrossFit

So you’ve decided to take the leap and try out CrossFit for the first time, good for you! I know that at first it can seem like an intimidating environment, and that you may be nervous when you first get started. Maybe you’re worried you’re not “in good enough shape” to start. Maybe you’re just worried about how you’ll feel after your first workout. Here are the ten things that ACTUALLY happen when you start CrossFit.

My First CrossFit Class:

The first time I ever stepped foot inside a CrossFit box was when I was studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I went for a few reasons, mainly that I had heard CrossFit is good for meeting new people and building community. I also wanted to practice my Spanish in a social, real environment.

Even though I was a college athlete, I was still really nervous to do CrossFit. I knew that I wasn’t very good at running, and I couldn’t kip or do a muscle up, and I could hardly do multiple sets of pull ups, to be honest. Weirdly, I was more nervous about my ability to workout than my ability to have a conversation! You should know that you’re not alone in any of these feelings.

What to Expect:

Nerves are totally normal when you start anything new, whether that is a new workout program, a new job, a new school, or something bigger such as moving to a new town. Outside of that, what else should you expect when you first start CrossFit?

1. You won’t be able to Rx the workout: this is something every single ex-athlete struggles with when they start at the box. I get it. I tried to do every workout exactly as it was written when I first started doing CrossFit. But there are things that you simply cannot do, not because you’re too weak or too “out of shape” but because they are skills the same as shooting a basketball, and you have to know that going in. Listen to your coaches. Do what they say.

  • UPDATE: Rx means to do the workout EXACTLY as written on the board. We like to think we are cool doctors around the CrossFit community. Sorry for any confusion 🙂 

2. You’re going to be very sore: this doesn’t need explanation. You started intense workouts. It is going to be uncomfortable the next morning when you wake up…and probably the next day, and they next day, and every day from there on out. There is a reason the company, Live Sore, is a thing.

3. Then one day, you won’t be: luckily, you don’t actually end up being sore every single day. I’ll go through weeks when nothing hurts. As your body adapts to what you are doing, you get less and less sore. That is when we start adding a more difficult move, weight, or both.

4. You’re going to be very hungry: good news first – you get to eat more when you work out. Bad news second – you don’t get to eat as much more as you think. The typical CrossFit workout burns about 500 calories in an hour. That is not as much ice cream as you think. Put down the spoon.

5. You DON’T have to give up your carbs: you’ll probably hear the word paleo thrown around at your box. The Paleo Diet has become somewhat synonymous with CrossFit, but honestly this sometimes causes more harm than good. Not everyone needs to give up every grain imaginable. Ask your coach for nutrition advice.

6. You’re going to make a new friend: usually this is someone who you compete with during the workouts. I always say you’re just competing against the clock, but honestly we all know who we are trying to keep up with during a workout. When you compete with people, you tend to end up becoming friends. It’s the coolest thing about CrossFit, in my opinion.

7. You’re going to want more: at first, three times per week is going to be plenty. Then, sometime in that first month, you’re going to want to come four times, then five, and all of the sudden you’re going to be bringing in a bed to spend the night. Not really, but you get the point.

8. You’re going to want to buy new shoes: honestly, the classic “running shoe” is doing you more harm than good, especially if you’re doing high intensity workouts. Get rid of them. I did CrossFit in Vans for about 4 months at one point. But I’d recommend a pair of Reebok Nano’s or Nike MetCons as a little reward for putting in all the hard work.

9. You’ll stop judging people for the sports bra pics on Instagram: I admit, there are times this still kinda bugs me. Do you own a shirt? But when it is 90 degrees in June and you’re in the middle of “Helen” that shirt starts to become a real problem. You’ll get it when you experience it.

10. You’ll wake up one day with new confidence: I put this last, because it’s typically something you won’t notice right away. But one day, you’re going to wake up, look in the mirror and say, “I really like me. I’m proud of me.” That is a good day. Working hard and being disciplined in your nutrition gives you physical benefits (abs, booty game one hunnid) but way more importantly you’re going to feel really confident just living your daily life. That is a great feeling, and I hope you get to experience it.

Take that first step

If you think those 10 things are something you’d like to experience, check out our Get Started page: http://summitcrossfitssp.com/try-crossfit-session/

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