7 Things To Know Before Trying Crossfit

Woman Lifting Weights for CrossFit
This isn't me, but I've been there before.
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  • When you first start CrossFit you'll probably be really confused, but it's okay.
  • You really don't need any prior athletic ability to start, just a will to try.
  • Anyone can try CrossFit because all the workouts are scalable.
  • The workouts don't last long, but they're really intense.
  • You won't get bored, because the workouts are different every day.

My first ever experience at a CrossFit gym didn't go over too well. Besides being bombarded by the stench of sweat and body odor, I felt downright intimidated.

There was lots of noise, lots of bars slamming on the floor, and lots of very strong, muscular people. I remember thinking there was no way I'd ever be able to do any of that, and I left my first class feeling down on myself and depressed. I didn't really know much about CrossFit at the time, I was just looking for a good workout. I also had a Groupon for 10 free classes, which is what got me in the door in the first place.

Well, it's been almost four years since that Groupon and I'm still going at it. CrossFit isn't your typical gym setting or your typical workout style, and over the years I have realized that people either love it or hate it. I've been told by many Debbie Downers that I'm going to hurt myself or get Rhabdomyolysis— a condition where your muscles break down and release bad things into your bloodstream.

None of that has happened yet, and I don't expect it to at any point. In my experience, CrossFit has changed my life for the better. As you get older, it gets harder to find hobbies you can actually stick with and genuinely enjoy, but CrossFit has been that for me. When you feel strong and healthy, your entire outlook on life changes for the better.

Here are eight things I wish I knew before I started. (The following photos aren't of me, but I'm quite familiar with many of the exercises being performed in them.)

Source : https://www.thisisinsider.com/things-to-know-about-crossfit-2018-4

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