As Crossfit continues to grow in popularity, many people are jumping on the bandwagon, finding Crossfit gyms or "boxes" to train in. If you are totally new to Crossfit, basically it started out as a small community of fitness enthusiasts created by a guy named Greg Glassman, who would post daily Workouts of the Day (often called "WODs") as part of the fitness regiment.
Eventually this small community continued to grow to the major Crossfit movement that is known today with large competitions that are even featured on ESPN, known as the Crossfit Games, and feature the World's Fittest Athletes, such as Rich Froning, who has won the Crossfit Games multiple times.
With the growing popularity, this movement has unfortunately come across some scrutiny, most of featured on the popular fitness site Men's Fitness, where there are multiple former Crossfit athletes voicing their concerns. There are some interesting points of view presented here from a Police Officer who was simply fed up with a bad Crossfit Coach, to a woman who refused to date anyone who did Crossfit. It's an interesting read (if you can stand having to sit through a few minutes of advertising to check it out), especially if you are serious about giving Crossfit a try.
Of course, on the flip side of the coin, there are a few Crossfit enthusiasts featured that claim that Crossfit saved their lives.
So, as with anything, if you start off right, with proper coaching, focus on form, go slow and learn the basics, Crossfit can be a fun competition and fitness regiment to add into your regular routine.
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tips for starting off right with crossfit
#1 Find a reputable Crossfit Box or gym. This is especially important if you are wanting to incorporate some of the Power Lifts into your workouts, or lift some heavy weight. Be sure that your coach is supportive of you going at your own pace, and starting you off with the correct form before adding more weight to your lifts.
The biggest spots where new Crossfitters get injured is trying to lift too much too soon and keep up with the experienced athletes.
#2 Start off with some basic WODs that are all bodyweight based. This is a great way to get a feel for the intensity and some of the different moves that Crossfit can offer without hurting yourself with trying to deadlift more than you are ready for or throwing out your shoulder trying to do the prescribed number of Push Presses before you are ready.
Here is a list of 75 Bodyweight WODS from Reebok.
#3 Simply start by throwing in a few WODS per week. These are great to incorporate on days where you don't have much time to do a 45 minute to hour long workout or you don't have time to travel to the gym. These workouts are meant to be short, to the point, get in and get out type workouts.
Here are a few of my favorite Beginner Crossfit Workouts from DailyBurn.com.
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