We’ve all been there, everyone has once been the beginner walking through the Box’s doors for the first time. Unfamiliar with the training and technique, maybe unsure of what was waiting for us, but convinced we wanted to give it a go.
Maybe your sporting background helped you out here and there, or maybe CrossFit is the first time you’re doing sport in your life. Either way, we think every CrossFit beginner can relate to these feelings.
1. Being sore in places you didn’t even know where part of you
It’s amazing how sore a 15-minute workout can leave you feeling when you first start training CrossFit.
From struggling to get out of bed because your core aches so bad, to trying to delicately sit on the toilet without your legs cooperating, the beginners’ sores are a feeling communally shared. Getting dressed the day after your workout might be even more painful than the workout itself, a feeling intensified if you have to get out of a sports bra.
2. Feeling overwhelmed by the acronyms, lingo and new vocabulary
What exactly was the difference between a strict press, a push press, a push jerk? And what about a power snatch and a muscle snatch? And you’re meant to remember what a hang snatch is on top of that (and learn how to perform one)? And what exactly did the coach say HSPU means? EMOMs, AMRAPs, Chippers…
Those things didn’t use to mean anything to you.
Once you get over the confusing names and exercises, you face the challenge of remembering which round you’re on during a 20-minute AMRAP after you’ve counted your 3 burpees, 5 box jumps and 10 ring rows, but that’s a problem for a different time.