- I am very patient and understanding when people come to me with these concerns.
- I was speaking at a local college and a girl recently asked “How would I get mentally prepared to start CrossFit?”
- My heart swelled, as this is a great question and it combines two of my favorite topics!
- I told her, “just like giving a speech in front of your class may feel weird or make you uncomfortable, the only way to feel better talking in front of people is to _____ ” – and she finished my sentence.
- You will be uncomfortable starting ANYTHING for the first time and there is always a bit of hesitation or nervousness. The only way to make that situation feel better or more comfortable is to DO IT. That being said, I gave her a few other tips that would definitely help with the transition
Tips and suggestions for first timer CrossFitters
1. Call ahead or shoot an email to the gym, say that you are new and interested but would like to come in at a time when it is ‘least busy’ or that you could stop by just to see the place.
2. Go with a friend, beg someone to go with you or ask anyone who has mentioned it before if you can tagalong with them.
3. Go to a beginner’s/free class (most locations have this at some point during the week) If it doesn’t say so online, refer to #1
4. When you get there, approach someone and say “It’s my first time, I’m a little nervous” or “how did you get started?” etc.
5. Stop by sometime on your way home or to work, just to ‘check it out’ and maybe sit in on a class just to watch. Again, keep an open mind and don’t compare yourself to others in the class, you are going to be starting at YOUR LEVEL, not anyone else’s and there are modifications for EVERY single person. (and try to look at those sweaty, grunting bodies as a good thing, not an intimidating and weird thing)
Remember, we ALL start somewhere. EVERY CrossFitter was a beginner at some point, who was nervous, timid, scared and hesitant just LIKE you.
I am not suggesting that this is the ONLY way of fitness training or improving your health, I am simply giving some tips for people who are interested, yet feel nervous or uncomfortable.
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