I’ve been doing crossfit for 3 weeks at this point. I’ll be honest, it stinks, but it stinks a whole lot less than when I first started it, and I like how hard it is. I always feel accomplished after a grueling WOD. I feel like I should share a few things I learnt. Maybe it might help a new person. Maybe i’ll find some people who agree.
1) Think more about what you put in your mouth than how much you can lift or run
I did paleo (with a vegan twist) for the last two weeks of crossfit. I felt my body improve in health. I felt less nauseous all the time. I wasn’t eating greasy foods, or a ton of grainy carbs, and although I missed them, I found myself eating a lot of greens to replace them. I saw my diet improve greatly and I feel as if that slowly reflected in my workouts.
People say that weight-loss is 80% eating right and 20% working out. So eat right and work out.
2) You are not competing with anybody but yourself
If you look at my past personal posts, you’ll see that I felt pretty bad about coming in last for almost everything (if not everything). I kept comparing myself to those in the on-ramp program with me, and as a past collegiate athlete, I really wanted to win. In the end I realized that I need to ficus on myself and make myself stronger and healthier. I need to push myself but not past what I am capable just to compete with others.
I realized that to get better I need to pace myself and work hard.
3) Learn How to pace yourself
Pacing, to me, is such a runners thing. I hate running. If you follow this blog you’ll know that I think running is an evil device created by some cruel person out there. Anyways, contradictory to my thoughts, pacing is needed in a lot of stuff. In crossfit, you need to pace your rows, your running, your weightlifting, your breathing etc. You need to work at a sustainable pace.
4) Don’t EVER feel like an impostor
When I first joined my local box, I felt like an impostor. I saw all these really fit people walking around, and I felt pretty awkward. Well, let me tell you what I always tell myself: Everybody starts somewhere. You are starting at the point you are currently on. Appreciate what your body is able to do and watch your body get stronger and healthier. You are not an impostor in your box. You are somebody brave enough to take that leap into fitness. I know how it feels. I applaud you.
5) Scale if needed
I had to get a lot of stuff scaled when I first started crossfit three weeks ago. Some of the moves were too difficult for me to even complete a single rep in. Some moves put stress on my wrists (I had carple tunnel and it flares up every so often). I decided that it is better to scale a workout than hurt yourself. There is NO shame in adapting a workout to fit your abilities. Remember, you were awesome enough to step into the box, you’re working hard, and you’re kicking butt.
I hope this helps somebody. Please feel free to add things (about crossfit, dieting, or general working out) that you think would be great for people to know.