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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid If You Are New to CrossFit

Use these five tips for beginners next time you go to a CrossFit Box.

3. Don’t Try to PR Every Workout or Lift

PR stands for Personal Record and, while it is a great feeling and shows progress, it is not something you should chase for every training session.

You will hit a lot of PRs especially as you start CrossFit – something referred to as “newbie gains” – as the curve to improvement is exponential.

However, you shouldn’t try to PR every class. Some days, the intended stimulus of a session is not to find the heaviest weight you could lift, but to train how to continue working under fatigue or to build strength for example.

It’s always good to push yourself but always know the intent behind a workout.

woman warm up with barbellSource: Stevie D Photography

4. Don’t Be Gear Dependable

The right gear can certainly help you perform better and can even help keep you safe. However, you should be able to perform most exercises without the latest gear, as it can also mask issues you should probably deal with.

For example, if you’re only able to perform Olympic weightlifting movement with lifters on, you might not realise you should work on your ankle mobility.

There’s a time and place for everything, but try to move well through all exercises without any (or with minimal) equipment to aid you.

The gear does not make you.

Train yourself to be able to move well throughout any movement without any gear.

2021 crossfit open datesSource: Photo courtesy of CrossFit Inc. taken at CrossFit Kempten

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