In my many years in the fitness industry, I have noticed many people have stopped cooking. Two popular responses that I continue to hear are “I hate to cook” or “I have no time to cook.” Those two phrases are sometimes the difference between someone reaching their goals or falling short.
Checking out a CrossFit gym can be nerve-wracking or intimidating, especially when you have no experience. Many people see the CrossFit Games online or on TV and they have a misconception of what CrossFit is. Those Games athletes are elite and represent less than 1% of the CrossFit community. Nonetheless, CrossFit’s training methodology can be used for anyone, at any fitness level, and provide some great benefits. Here are a few tips that you need to know before you begin your CrossFit journey.
Balanced nutrition is the key to having optimal energy levels throughout the day. Many people skip breakfast, or they eat too little or an unbalanced meal. A healthy balanced breakfast is very important to ensure that you are starting your day right.
Hydration is a very important aspect to physical fitness and performance. The human body is made of about 60-80% water so it is important to make sure that you replenish those fluids you lose from respiration, sweating, and using the restroom. Proper hydration can aid in the following:
Being punctual is a very good characteristic. It shows discipline, courtesy and responsibility, and it proves that you are dedicated and committed to your affairs. When it comes to training in a group class, it is very important to be on time for class. Most gym group classes run for an hour. They are fast-paced, and packed with tasks from start to finish. If you are late to class, it disrupts the flow of the class, and makes it difficult to keep the class running on schedule. It is also rude to your instructor, and to your classmates.
As a member of this gym it is important that you understand what your membership pays for. Different gyms have different rates, and I sometimes hear people inquiring about our membership rates and comparing them to rates from other gyms. As with any purchase, you get what you pay for. So what are you paying for? 3-6 one-hour fitness classes per week? The answer to that question is no. In fact, classes at the gym are free. So what does the membership actually pay for? It pays for the business.
Stretching is an important part of any exercise program to maintain and improve mobility. There are different types of stretching techniques and it is important to understand the purpose of each type of stretch. Dynamic stretching refers to taking your body through a repetitive range of motion, while static stretching refers to holding your body in a fixed position for a fixed duration. When used properly, both dynamic and static stretching can be beneficial components of your fitness routines.
When it comes to exercise, we often find many reasons not to do it. Exercise is not a priority for most, so people put it off. The easiest thing to do when it comes to the gym is not show up. It takes time and commitment, but where there is a will, there is a way.
When it comes to fitness, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Some of us struggle with cardio, some of us struggle with gymnastics, and some of us struggle with heavy weight. It is important to focus on these weaknesses and try to turn them into strengths, or at least become somewhat efficient with them. Sometimes though, certain people will avoid these weaknesses altogether. This is known as the art of cherry picking. Cherry-picking workouts means that you only decide to show up and train on the days when the workout favors you. Then, when some not so favorable exercises show up in the program, you decide to take a day off.
When learning new exercises and movements, or beginning a new training regimen it is important to use proper progressions in order to ensure safety and achieve the necessary training adaptations to improve fitness. CrossFit’s methodology uses the protocol of mechanics, then consistency, and then intensity.