Blair Morrison, CrossFit Games veteran and owner of CrossFit Anywhere has great tips for athletes tempted to push off their next trip to the gym until after the busy holiday season.
5. Avoid the rush.
When January 1st comes, everybody and their mother is going to be filing in to gyms to “start the year off right.” This means your resolution quest will most likely be crowded, annoying, and filled with equipment shortages. Maybe you’re the kind of person that likes to battle for medballs and kettlebells, but if not, do yourself a favor and get ahead of the crowd.
4. Get better coaching.
This time of year is always the slowest for the fitness industry. People tend to visit family members out of town, save money for gifts, or just plain hunker down when the weather gets cold. This means gyms are at their emptiest and coaches are at their least encumbered. If you walk in and tell a coach you want to start CrossFit in November, chances are you’re going to get his or her undivided attention. That means a better opportunity to learn movements, prevent injury, and form a bond with your instructor.
3. Limit the damage.
Everybody knows how much of a hit their nutrition takes around the holidays. Gravy, stuffing, casseroles, and pies are delicious staples of the season, but they come at a price. All those calories make for a thick winter coat you’ll have to carry to the gym come January, so why not counteract some of that weight gain by hitting the gym now? If you know you’re going to be eating cake and drinking egg nog, there’s no better reason to work your butt off.