Do you feel like you may not be ready for CrossFit? If you’re like many people, you may be thinking, “I can’t do CrossFit. I need to get into shape before I start.”
We hear this all the time.
Whether it’s someone who is considered a gym rat or someone who has never worked out before. The truth of the matter is that it makes no difference where you are in life. The shape you are, or aren’t, in doesn’t matter. Nothing you do in a conventional gym will prepare you for what a CrossFit gym will take you through.
So everyone is at the same level coming in.
As soon as you take your first class, you are that much better than you were yesterday. Simply because you learned a new skill! Our brains need to be challenged on a daily basis. In a perfect world, you would learn a new skill regularly.
But when we get stuck at a job or stuck in a workout routine, not only do we plateau physically, but mentally too. That is something you should never settle for as a living being. The only thing you need to start something new, from CrossFit to Zumba, is a body. So the longer you procrastinate by saying, “I’m not ready”, then the longer the results you want will be delayed.
Are you ready for CrossFit?
The answer to this question really depends on the CrossFit gym you’re looking at. So let’s dive in to this…
At CrossFit Redux, we take the training side of what CrossFit was founded on and keep it true. Most CrossFit gyms program around the fact that CrossFit is now considered a sport. In actuality, CrossFit is a job/sport for a very small population, as is pro basketball.
If you signed up for a local basketball league, what’s the goal? To show up and have fun with your friends or as a catalyst to get to the pros? For 99% of the population, it’s simply to show up and have fun.
That being said, there are 3 training phases every CrossFit gym should follow. If the head coach doesn’t know what they are, then you’re paying for a cheap product. If these 3 phases are followed, then you will get the most out of your training, which is the blueprint for any goal(s) you have.
The 3 phases of training
Phase 1 is where you learn new movements. This is, by far, the most important phase. For some people, learning a new movement may be easy. For others, it may be a struggle. But learning how to move correctly through all the movements that CrossFit offers is so important.
When your brain and body are trying to work together on a new movement, you’re training the body to move the way it was designed to move. The big three body movements are a bodyweight squat, bodyweight pull, and a bodyweight push. It is important to know how to load properly and hold yourself correctly throughout those three movements. Moving forward, this sets the tone for all movements – with or without weight.
Phase 2 is where you begin to pick up the intensity. In phase 1, you became familiar with proper loading and movement. Now, as your confidence grows, you can push a little harder. If you think you can bypass the first phase and get right into phase 2, you won’t last.
Consistency is more beneficial than intensity.Dave Gonzalez
So if you go right into the intensity, it’s harder to stay consistent. The goal is to find that happy medium where you can stay consistent but also grow your intensity.
Phase 3 is where you should take calculated risks with advanced skills, lifting heavier weights, or a combination of both. But this is not a phase that you should be in every day. This third phase is where the professional athletes need to be more often. But only because their jobs depend on it.
I’m all for people challenging themselves and wanting to push the limits, but no one can get into the third phase without going through the first two. Even the professional athletes started somewhere. And the best of the best stay in the first training phase every day. They have put hours and hours into the first two phases so that they can push hard in the third phase when needed.
The everyday CrossFitter has an hour a day to try and better themselves. And depending on the day, the intensity may not be there. But if you show up, then the consistency is there. So you can always keep developing the first phase. It is the only phase that can you can stay consistent in, which will allow you to be healthy for your lifetime. So the first phase needs to be developed on a daily basis.
Everyone has different goals, which is a good thing. But no matter what those goals are, the approach should be as a journey. Not something where you think you can take shortcuts. If you do, you set yourself up for failure or an injury that may make your goal impossible to reach.
So are you ready for CrossFit?
Instead of asking yourself this question, you should be asking whether your CrossFit gym is ready for you. If your gym incorporates the 3 phases of training, then it’s ready for you.
But let’s not forget one thing.
As important as these phases are, there is one more phase that can’t be forgotten no matter where you are on your path.
That is the phase of fun and enjoyment on a journey to a lifestyle of health. Make sure you surround yourself with people who want similar things when it comes to training. You’ll find it easier to stay motivated with likeminded people. And these people end up becoming more like family than friends!
If you still have any questions about whether or not you’re ready for CrossFit, or if you want more info on the 3 phases of training, please share in the comments below.
And as always, thank you for reading! 🙂
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