February 08, 2017
First Class Jitters
Are you interested in trying CrossFit for the first time? Not sure what to expect? Nervous? Don’t worry, so is everyone else!
If you are completely new to the term “CrossFit,” it stands for High Intensity Functional Fitness. By this we mean that it hits on the ten areas of fitness (speed, agility, flexibility, strength, power, cardio, endurance, stamina, coordination and balance). Instead of being a repetitive every day workout, CrossFit is never boring, constantly varied, and just plain fun!
Here are a few things you should know before going into your first workout:
1. The Terminology
WOD, AMRAP, EMOM, Fran, T2B, and RX are just some of the common terms used. Don’t be freaked out, it all looks like gibberish at first. Before you know it, you will be speaking this language as if it’s nothing!
2. Your Coaches
Trust your coaches. They are qualified, certified, safe and care about you. Utilize them. They will give you tips, cues and little bits of advice that will help you learn a skill, improve and even get a new PR. At times, it may seem as though your coach is nagging at you to “keep your chest up” or “drive those knees out,” but just remember, they are trying to make you a better athlete. They care about your safety!
3. The Community
The best part about joining CrossFit is the community. Nothing beats this. I repeat, nothing. No one is too young or too old to join. At our gym, we have people anywhere from high school age to over seventy years old participating in our CrossFit classes! The relationships you build become one of the main reasons you keep coming back. The other members will become some of your closest friends, not to mention your second family.
4. That Post Workout Feeling
This is one of the greatest feelings in the world. There is no reason to sugar coat it, you are going to “feel” that first workout and there will be nothing better than to hear that timer beep and you are DONE. You will have completed your first workout and feel great about it. High fives all around… and for some reason you will want to keep coming back for more.
I hope this helped calms some of your nerves. Like we mentioned before, don’t be nervous to try CrossFit for the first time. You will be welcomed with open arms.