Your Beginner's Guide to CrossFit: Overcoming First-Class Jitters

Thinking about starting your CrossFit journey? Here are 7 tips for a successful start!
Ana Belen Johnson
May 2, 2024
Your Beginner's Guide to CrossFit: Overcoming First-Class Jitters

Written by Ana Belen Johnson, member of CrossFit HTS

So, you've decided to take the plunge and try out CrossFit. First off, kudos to you! But let's be
real, joining your first class can be nerve-wracking. Don't worry though, we've got your back.
Here's everything you need to know to ease those first-class jitters and dive into your CrossFit
journey with confidence. It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed before your first CrossFit class.
But fear not! We are here to help put your mind at ease.

1. From Zero To CrossFit Hero

Ever wondered if you can go from zero to CrossFit hero? You absolutely can! The key is to pace
yourself, listen to your body, and, most importantly, show up. Treat your CrossFit class like any
other important appointment. I bet your calendar is a hot mess of exams, meetings, and let's not
forget, your daily reminders to feed your houseplants (or even your kids!). But amidst all this
chaos, your class should be penciled in with the same level of urgency as your dentist

2. No Need For Fancy Gear

Worried about not having the right gear? Don't sweat it! All you really need are a decent pair of
sneakers that don’t have too many holes in them, comfy clothes, and a water bottle. Your gym will
have everything else you need.

3. Pace Yourself

If you start feeling like you're about to see your breakfast again, it's time to slow down. Take a
breather, and remember, you don't have to go full throttle all the time. There's no shame in
dialing it back a notch or two. Your future self will thank you for it.

4. Terminology Can Be Confusing

Navigating the lingo of CrossFit can feel like trying to decipher hieroglyphics at times—WOD,
AMRAP, EMOM. The key is simple: ask questions and embrace the learning process. Don't be
afraid to raise your hand (or shake your water bottle in confusion) and ask your coach or fellow
athlete for clarification.

5. Safety First

Yep, just like in any other sport, there are risks involved in CrossFit. But hey, that's why we have
coaches! Think of them as your guardian angels in compression shorts. They're there to offer
guidance, support, and maybe even a gentle slap on the wrist if you start veering into injury
territory. So, if something feels off—whether it's a twinge in your back or a cramp in your
calf—speak up. Your coaches will offer variations to a movement to ensure you're moving safely
and effectively. Remember, there's more than one way to squat, lunge, and lift, and your coach
will make sure you find the one that's right for you.

6. Embracing the Post-Workout Pain

Let's talk about the inevitable soreness. Yes, it's going to hurt the next day, and maybe even for
the next 48 hours, as a reminder that you kicked some serious butt in that workout. But here's
the kicker: it's the good kind of pain. The kind of pain that tells you that you took care of yourself,
body and soul. Is there something more wonderful than that?

7. Welcome to the Community

One of the best things about CrossFit? The community. It's like having your own personal cheer
squad. Everyone's rooting for your success, celebrating every little milestone along the way.
Soak up that positive energy and let it propel you forward.

In Conclusion, your first CrossFit class might seem intimidating, but you've got this. Keep an open mind, stay
consistent, and get ready to be amazed at what your body can achieve when you set your mind
to it.

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