The New Year brings an influx of new members; it happens every single year.
If you’ve just started your CrossFit journey, here are some things to keep in mind:
You will be spending time in the first month to 3 months learning the lingo, form, technique, and working on mobility issues. You may have issues that need to be addressed before you’re able to move forward safely and effectively. If this is the case, you may or may not see huge gains in the areas of weight loss and strength increases. I am not saying these things to discourage you, quite the opposite. I am saying these things to help you realize that this is a process, just like anything else in life that is worthwhile, it’ll take work.
Here is the good part.
You are gaining mobility and setting a good base to get stronger. Identifying problem areas and learning a new way of moving and exercising will in the end yield some awesome results, so long as you are consistent and put in the effort.
In the midst of the process you will be losing fat, building bone density, becoming more flexible, getting stronger, getting faster, improving cardiovascular health, building your immune system, decreasing your risk of numerous health issues associated with an inactive life style…I could go on all day with the benefits you’ll receive.
I want you to keep all this in mind when you are just starting out. Maybe the scale isn’t moving fast enough for you or maybe we’ve identified some problem areas, such as muscle imbalances, that need to be worked out before we can really dive in head first. Maybe you’ve gained weight (OH NO!!). It’s not the end of the world, it is part of the process. Embrace it. Continue to show up. Communicate with your coaches to set new goals and keep in mind, you ARE getting healthier and certainly in much better shape than when you stared. Just think back to your first day after the warm-up, that’ll put things right back into perspective real quick.