5 Things to Consider When Searching for the Right CrossFit Box

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by DIANA LYNCH

5 Things to Consider When Searching for the Right CrossFit Box
CrossFit isn’t like anything you’ve ever done before — it’s challenging, exciting and tough. All of these are what make CrossFit one of the top training and fitness programs. It’s also why it’s important to make sure you’re training at a box where you feel comfortable and supported and also get great coaching. I know you can have all of that and more because I’ve found it more than once. Here are the five key things that I looked for when searching for my box.

1. Coaches

A good coach will congratulate you at the end of every WOD regardless if you RX’d or modified every movement. You’ll always leave having learned something new and you will feel amazing
Instruction is the key area of importance when it comes to finding the CrossFit box that will work for you. You have to trust your coach or coaches to teach you proper movements, correct you if you don’t get it right the first time, and encourage you to keep going even when your mind is telling you to give up. A coach is your teacher, your cheerleader and your realist. They teach you how to perform the movements with proper form. They root for you and push you to do your best. No one wants to see you succeed more than your coach. They see your performance for what it is without judgement. If you mess up, they get that you’re human, so they coach you on what needs to change to get it right next time. If you only get 2 rounds in a 5 round WOD (workout of the day), they will be there to tell you that you’ll do more next time. They do this because they know that we can all improve regardless of fitness level. They know that just because you might not be able to do the movement now, you will in the future, so they work to find modifications that work for every individual. A good coach will congratulate you at the end of every WOD regardless if you RX’d or modified every movement. You’ll always leave having learned something new and you will feel amazing. That, my friends, is the best part.

2. Community

Community
Community is what I consider the second most important area of finding the box that is right for you. It’s also an area that is often hailed as what CrossFitters love most about their box. Those unfamiliar with or who don’t understand CrossFit often times call our community a cult; I say they’re just jealous! As humans we want to feel connected to each other; it’s in our nature. Naturally when you put a group of people together who are all striving towards the same goal — in our case, fitness — you will have a strong community. When you have a strong community, you become like a team or even a family. You can count on these people to cheer you on even when you are struggling at the end of a tough WOD. This community understands the struggles you go through because they’ve been there too. If you are in a box and no one says hi to you or introduces themselves, then you may not get the support or camaraderie that is offered with the right box and the right people. In addition to the support everyone offers, CrossFitters like to have fun and know how to throw a good party. My personal favorite community activity is a good BBQ because it’s fun, cost effective, easy to plan and best of all – outdoors.

3. Size

Size matters: I like to know that I’m getting the attention I need and that those around me need. We are all striving to do our best, but we all need help and guidance.
Size is defined as the relative extent of something or how how much space something occupies. In this case, we’re talking about how large the class for your daily WOD is. This is so critical to your success. Have you ever taken a class only to show up and realize that there are so many people there you can’t really hear the instructor or see the demonstration? Frustrating, isn’t it? The same is true showing up to a WOD when there are 30 or so other members all vying for one coaches attention. For me, that is the worst. I like to know that I’m getting the attention I need and that those around me need. We are all striving to do our best, but we all need help and guidance. We need to be properly coached on the lifts and movements so we don’t hurt ourselves. A coach can really only focus successfully on 16-20 people max. There’s no way one person can coach 30 people. Once a class reaches that size you lose attention to form and that personal touch you get when you’re in a smaller class. For any class over 20 there should be at least one other coach present to walk around and help coach those who need the focused attention or for those who might be in the back and can’t really hear or see. The additional coach can help demonstrate the movements to the second half of the room so everyone is well informed. In CrossFit, class size really does matter.

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