What to expect your first month:
We couldn’t be more excited to be with you on your journey! If you’ve never experienced Crossfit before, you are probably wondering what you are getting yourself into.
First of all, banish all pictures and thoughts of someone demanding that you squat your body weight on the first day.
That’s just crazy, dangSquaterous, and simply not what is going to happen. What you can expect is to be shown how to properly perform the exercises and be given the opportunity to practice them until you’ve mastered them before being allowed to “go heavy”. What does “go heavy” mean, you ask? We’re glad you did, because it means something different to every athlete (yes, you’re now an athlete). As you will see in class, everyone uses a different amount of weight for each exercise and that weight is chosen by the athlete, based on their skills, fitness, and goals.
You will also be tested (don’t worry, you don’t need to study for this test), we will test your baseline fitness level. At the end of your first month, you will do the same test (and be amazed at your progress!). Our baseline test includes a variety of skills ranging from push ups and situps, to some running and rowing. No matter what your fitness background, this test is an important step in measuring progress in your journey.
It’s important to emphasize that Crossfit is scalable. This means that every exercise we do can be scaled to accommodate athletes of all shapes, sizes, and levels of fitness. During your introductory class, you’ll meet with your coach who will ask about any injuries, complications, or considerations that should be known to ensure your safety. Don’t feel nervous or intimidated about having these talks with your coach (it’s what they are there for). Our most important goal is for you to come back tomorrow.
work hardYou will work hard! Just like anything new, there will be some challenges. Expect to get sore, to feel muscles you never new existed, and to burst with pride at accomplishing things you never dreamed you were capable of. One of the most exciting facets of Crossfit is the encouraging group atmosphere of working out with your fellow athletes. We all celebrate our accomplishments together, making the experience that much more significant. Part of challenging yourself includes adequate recovery, so you’ll get plenty of expert guidance from your coach on stretching, hydration, nutrition, and recovery to heal your body and prepare it for the next session. You’ll never have to take a single step of your Crossfit journey alone!
What is a WOD? A WOD is an abbreviation for “Workout of the day”. One of the biggest obstacles to achieving new levels of fitness is knowing what to do. Your days of wandering into the gym, staring at the equipment, and deciding to trudge along on a treadmill while watching CNN are over. Your complete workout is planned each day: from stretching, to strength, to fitness- all under the guidance and supervision of your coach.
You will become a Firebreather. The term “Firebreather” comes from CrossFit legend and bad ass Greg Amundson, and he defines it as such:
Firebreather –Fie-r-bre’-th-er: (n) 1. One who faces the triumphs and tribulations of great physical opposition with an indomitable spirit. 2. An optimistic energy associated with the heart of an athlete.
We are incredibly excited to be joining you on this journey to meet the person you’ve always known you could become, and we can’t wait to introduce you to that person!
CF4P Staff