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Am I ready for CrossFit?

We are asked, “Am I ready for CrossFit?” multiple times every week. The knee jerk reaction is to say yes. Then I got to thinking if that’s really true, or not.

The biggest cliche in CrossFit is that everyone can do CrossFit. Ask any well-intentioned, experienced CrossFit coach or athlete and they will say, “CrossFit is for everyone! It is infinitely scalable. Am I ready for CrossFit? Of course you are!”

Sorry, but they’re wrong.

Physically, yes everyone is ready for CrossFit. Mentally, it’s a different story entirely.

But CrossFit believes I am ready for CrossFit…

Go onto the CrossFit HQ Instagram page, and you will see a bunch of pictures of middle-age to elderly people lifting jugs of water or some other strange liquid, and using a broomstick as a barbell. They’re attempting to show that everyone is physically capable of the functional movements done in the CrossFit affiliate environment.

Remember, you don’t come to a CrossFit box and immediately get thrust into some Rich Froning style workout like you see on television for the CrossFit Games. You do functional movements at relatively high intensity. You squat and press, row and run. You do push up and pull ups. You do anything with will get you out of breath and force you to pick up a relatively heavy object in the process. And you do it under the guidance of an expert coach.

Here’s the thing: it’s really hard.

CrossFit is harder than your bootcamp class. It is harder than Orange Theory. It is. For a very long time, every CrossFit box has been trying to push the narrative that everyone is perfect for CrossFit. Again, everyone can physically do CrossFit.

But do you want to do CrossFit?

If you are looking for a way to do a little bit of cardio activity on your own, or just a little bit of weightlifting without coaches adjusting your form and without a class around doing the same work, you’re not looking for CrossFit.

If you want an environment in which everyone either puts their earphones in, or simply comes into the gym, does their workout and leaves without connection or conversation, you don’t want CrossFit.

However, if you’re looking for:

  • A community of people who will become some of your closest friends
  • Getting into legitimately the best shape of your life, AND the challenge that comes with that
  • Coaches to adapt workouts to your level while maintaining the same difficulty as the written workout
  • Loud music, high fives, and a feeling of intense accomplishment

Then you’re looking for CrossFit.

It is the hardest thing you’ll do all day.

I had the following conversation with a member after our early morning class. We had just finished doing the workout lead by Coach Jason, and we were doing our mobility for the day.

I looked at him and said, “The reason I prefer working out in the morning is that I know this will be the hardest thing I do all day. It’s the biggest challenge to get myself out of my comfortable bed, into the gym, and to put myself through the workout. Everything else seems easy compared to this.” He smiled, nodded, and laughed in agreement. It was the non-verbal way of saying yes this is hard, and yes I love that it’s hard. That’s what I want.

So…does that mean I am ready for CrossFit?

If you’re ready to make a life-changing commitment to your health and fitness, if you’re ready to make lasting friendships and grow strong ties to a community, and if you’re ready to level up in your fitness, then the answer to the question, “Am I ready for CrossFit?” becomes very, very obvious.

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