CrossFit Beginner's Guide: 8 Things to Know Before Starting! | Nerd Fitness
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It's a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness through varied and challenging workouts.
Each day, the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specializing in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything.
Scalable based on your skill
Every day there is a particular workout prescribed that is completely scalable based on your skill. For example, if the workout calls for barbell squats with 135 pounds but you can only do squats with the bar (45 pounds), then that’s where you’ll start.
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The usual structure:
Most CrossFit gyms will split their classes into 3-4 sections:
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Breakdown of what you may see from coaches:
CrossFit at Home
Every day, CrossFit.com posts the workout of the day (WOD) free of charge to anybody that is interested in doing them.
You can follow along at home or in your office gym, provided you have the right equipment.
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How to find a good coach
A coach can make or break your experience.
Read their reviews, ask friends for referrals and see if you can try a class or two before you join to make sure it's a good fit.
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Crossfit’s workouts can include powerlifting; gymnastics and calisthenic type activities like ring pull-ups and rope climbing; and often cardio in the form of running, cycling, or rowing. You can a...
A training session
You can get a training session before starting classes. This will depend on your gym (your box) but some offer a free session to teach the techniques.
Boxes also let you sign up for a series of beginner-specific classes before you jump in with everybody else.
Bars come in a variety of weights, from 15 to 45 pounds, and those giant plates are available in sizes going down to 10 pounds.
That means the barbell has about the same shape and size no matter how heavy it is.
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
Any exercise can be a form of HIIT, if it follows a specific regimen where you vary your speeds and intensity when doing it.
HIIT home workout
HIIT workouts generally only last about 20 minutes, which makes them attractive for busy people (most of us).
A 20-Min HIIT home workout: