How to Begin CrossFit

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CrossFit is a rigorous physical fitness program that combines weight lifting, aerobics, sprinting and body-weight exercises to help train athletes, military personnel and fitness enthusiasts. But even though the program appears daunting at first, you do not need to be in superior shape to begin a CrossFit program. All CrossFit exercises can be tailored to your own level of experience and fitness to help guide you into the program and improve your levels of strength and conditioning.

Things You'll Need

  • Stopwatch
  • Gym membership
  • Evaluate your current level of fitness. If you have not had a physical in some time, it is smart to undergo one before you start. Once you are cleared to exercise by a medical professional, you can use the Army Physical Fitness Test or a similar program to check your endurance and strength.

  • Research the precepts and goals of CrossFit. The organization's own website is a detailed resource that provides links to exercise routines, nutrition advice and a community forum. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with the ideology and methodology of CrossFit, as this knowledge will help keep your beginning workouts focused on achieving the correct standards.

  • Take an introductory course at a local CrossFit gymnasium. It is crucial to learn the foundational exercises, such as burpees, handstands, snatches and overhead squats, from a certified CrossFit Professional. If this is not an option, seek out detailed videos and instructions on how to properly execute these exercises with correct form and timing.

  • Practice the necessary exercises, particularly Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics, until you are comfortable performing them in isolation. It might take more than one month to master the specific exercises needed to complete a full CrossFit workout.

  • Begin completing CrossFit's prescribed daily workouts. Depending on your level of fitness, scale down or replace difficult portions or exercises you do not have the equipment for. Continue developing your prowess in the essential exercises so that you can start completing more and more sections of the daily exercise routine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Invest in quality running shoes to help support your feet.
  • Consult your doctor before starting any rigorous physical fitness program.

References

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