“So, you want to start CrossFit but you’re still a little nervous? Then take a sneak peak behind the scenes of a new members initial journey & learning experience“….
Learning the Foundations
Where do you start your CrossFit journey? Well… as with everything else in life, at the beginning of course. The beginning point in this case being, to book onto one of our foundational ‘Fast Track’ Courses. Why do you need to this? Well, its your transitional point or induction if you would prefer into the world of CrossFit.
You see, CrossFit North Devon isn’t just a gym, we are a professional Strength & Conditioning training facility that prides itself on its ability to teach correct functional movement starting with mobility, building technical ability and then gradually adding strength & aerobic fitness.
Our ‘Fast Track’ courses are designed to look at your mobility, introduce you to often new strength equipment such as barbells & kettlebells and provide you with a foundational understanding of how we use them to strengthen your everyday movements. In turn, this prior knowledge & understanding will help you transition to our main class structure where the coaches can further build upon your basic skills….
The best bit is, once you’ve completed your basic training, you are welcome to train in any CrossFit Affiliated Gym, world wide. Theres even a CrossFit map on google.
Taking A Deep Breath & Entering Your First Class
So, you finished your basic training and you’ve booked into you first class, you’re a little nervous and are wondering what to expect. Don’t worry we have you covered…
The first thing that happens is you’ll be greeted by one of our coaches. The second thing that happens is everyone thats attending the class is gathered around the white board, where you’ll be introduced and the Workout Of the Day (WOD) is explained. This is then swiftly followed by a group warm up.
During the main section of the class, you’ll be further introduced to other people of similar abilities who along with the coach, will further help you develop your technical abilities and strength. The last section of the class, you’ll be given various (scaled) choices of the workout to choose so you can train at your current fitness ability.
As much as the coaches are there to help train and push you forward we understand that everyone has there goals and sticking points, so you are more to do as much or as little as you wish, all we ask is that you focus on good movement and technique and try your best.
Discovering You’re Really Unfit Even When You Thought You Were
OMG, I’m so unfit… CrossFit Coaches hear this statement practically daily and It doesn’t just come from people starting out in fitness it comes from those that thought they were established.
There are essentially two main reasons for this. The first being that although our classes are more-often-than-not short in nature, you tend to get a lot more physical work done no matter your fitness level. Essentially, as your fitness grows the more you are able to do and there is no end to where you can take your abilities with CrossFit.
The second reason is that there are so many new movements, skills and pieces of equipment to learn, you’ll be using practically every muscle in your body and you’ll quickly discover muscles in areas you never though you had.
This new & increased level of activity is likely to initially provide you with whats referred to as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Luckily this initial soreness starts to wear off towards the fourth and fifth weeks of any new physical activity, around the same time you start to notice the differences in your improved fitness and body shape.
There is definitely a transition period to take into account when starting CrossFit and any other activity for that matter. But start slowly and we suggest 2 times a week for novices and 3-4 times per week even for the advanced among you, but be consistent with your training and in no time at all you’ll be able to up your game as you see fit.
Remember, only quitters never achieve their goals (just saying)
Practicing The Art of Listening To Your Coaches
This is the best advice ever and something often ignored by those that know better. Trust me when I say us Coaches have honestly seen & heard it all before. From people trying to loose weight with Paleo cakes, others training through injuries, mystified it still hurts & all the ‘I cant’ excuses you could possible imagine.
You could say as Coaches we have an awful lot of experience in the people management arena, along with even more Fitness Training knowledge, so its highly likely you don’t know more than us in regards to what we teach.
If you are having problems with something communicate with us, don’t just sit in silence and get frustrated. If the Coach asks you to add more weight, its because you’re probably ready to progress. Similarly, if you are advised to take weight off, its likely that your technique is suffering. If you have an injury, tell us instead of training through it, making it worst and being unable to train for three months.
We are there to help and guide you, thats our jobs, our professions and whilst we like to have a bit of fun, we also take your fitness & health very seriously. So, help us help you and ask as many questions as necessary, but above all develop the art of listening, its quite simply where the gains happen.
See You In The Classes Soon…