10 things to know before your first CrossFit session

You have so much about CrossFit and you’re finally ready to give it a go. That’s great! You’ll get to discover more about the workout your friends have been raving about.

Signing up for your CrossFit session is a big step but rest assured, this can actually be one of the hardest parts! Now you have committed to showing up, there are a few things to know. These tips for your first training session will make things easier.

  1. Eat first (just not too much)

CrossFit requires energy! To make the most of your workout, you need to have fuel in the tank. However, if you have a huge meal before you start your training, you’ll find your stomach starts to complain. Have a small, protein-based snack or shake before you get going and you’ll feel better.

  1. Bring a towel

CrossFit promises fast results but as the saying goes: You gotta work for it! And this means you’re gonna sweat. Pack your own towel so you don’t feel uncomfortable using one from the gym.

  1. Start slow…

If you go all out straight away, you’ll end up with an injury. Stick close to your trainer and they’ll let you know if you’re overdoing it on your first session.

  1. …but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself

With the above being said, don’t hold back too much. Try some things you never thought you would be able to do. You might find you’re not so successful but at least you can set a starting point to work from.

  1. Bring a notepad

Or download your gyms CrossFit app to your smartphone. One of the key components of CrossFit training is tracking your results. Jotting down your achievements from the get-go will help you chart measurable improvements.

  1. Invest in some quality footwear

Most CrossFitters wear comfortable but tight(ish) clothes so their trainers can see what their body is doing. When you start, you may be happier in something loose, and that’s fine. However, what you’re wearing on your feet is important and is well worth a small investment. You’ll be happiest in a training shoe recommended by your local sports store.

  1. Do some research

CrossFit will introduce you to a whole new set of lingo and it can feel overwhelming at first. Before your first class, Google a few CrossFit terms to understand what they mean. Pretty soon, you’ll be heading to the Box for your WOD and chatting about the girls with everybody else.

  1. Remember, everyone was you once

The most seasoned CrossFitters started as newbies with no idea what they were doing. When you enter the gym, you may witness some incredible talent and some inspiring bodies. But rest assured, nothing was achieved overnight! Be motivated by the senior members, not intimidated.

  1. Listen to your trainers

One of the biggest benefits of CrossFit is you have a trainer working with you constantly. Make the most of this by asking for advice and taking cues from your coach. With their advice, you’ll be able to achieve better results, faster.

  1. Bring a smile

This is the big one! CrossFit has a huge focus on friendship and FUN. As well as working out, you’re setting yourself up for some life-changing friendships. Get ready to support and be supported while you’re on your amazing fitness journey.

Finally, don’t forget that your first workout is only the beginning. The feeling of being challenged is one you’ll get used to and even look forward to. Pretty soon, you’ll be a CrossFit expert, encouraging your friends and family to join in the fun!

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