Choosing crossfit is choosing to let go of any other gym experience. It has its own codes and rules.
If you’re new to crossfit and serious about getting acclimated at your crossfit gym asap; here are 5 shortcuts to feel at “home” as soon as you’ll get your foot into the door.
#1 Engage with people
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anyone. Just engage a conversation. Preferably about the wod, the difficulty of the movements and the RX lbs. Ask people how long they’ve been doing crossfit, if they’re competing etc… and most importantly be open, smiling and never sigh during a wod. Your fellow athletes like warriors and troopers; not chickened out wussies.
#2 Know your way around
Warm up is done and it’s time to lift? It’s a partner wod, you’re gonna have to share a barbell?
Don’t wait around to get picked. Go straight to to barbell rack, get one and set up your area. Someone will immediately come to you if you’re assertive and know your way around. It doesn’t matter if you lift heavy or not. It’s just like in high school, people don’t want to feel left out, they’ll partner with you if they feel you’re confident.
#3 Learn how to talk “crossfit”
Wod, PR, RX, hang muscle snatch, hang power clean thrusters, Karen, Christine, Murphy sound unfamiliar to you?
It’s time to open the crossfit dictionary! Because everyone will use those words ALL THE TIME. There’s nothing else to explain here, so get to work!
#4 A little mobility while waiting
You got in early and that’s great. What do you do while waiting for the coaches to start explaining the wod?
Your grab a PVC pipe (and you’ll know where they’ll be because you’ve mastered #2 of this list) and you start warming up those arms and shoulders. You do a couple of dislocate and around the world. It’s useful for you and it’s a great way to fill those 5/10 minutes before the wod.
#5 Protein shakes please!
The wod is over, most people are lying on the floor, agonizing and moaning. You’ll probably end up in the same shape.
Then, you get up and head to the shower? No! You get up and get your protein shake. That’s the routine of crossfitters, 90% of them drink shakes to recover from their training. And they do it while catching up with other athletes and discussing the wod.
Photos: Laurent Wallard & Box Rox
This article was published on BoxRox on September 18th 2015