“The Ten Things That Happen When You Start CrossFit”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Page:  1 Next »
Print


Joshua Brown is a New York-based financial advisor and regular contributor to CNBC. In July of last year, (as he explains on his blog The Reformed Broker), this is how he began his CrossFit journey

…at 258 pounds and sick of seeing my giant moon-face on TV everyday, I walked into the CrossFit Lighthouse in Wantagh, Long Island and submitted to a long-overdue comeuppance. I marched my Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man-frame into a firefight I wasn’t truly prepared for.

Even though he acknowledges he has a long way to go, Joshua goes on to detail a series of introspective thoughts as to the ten things that happen when you start CrossFit:

1. You will find out how truly out of shape you are.

It is likely that your first few sessions at a CrossFit gym will consist of stretching and basic instruction. You will likely sweat like a pig and require numerous breaks to catch your breath even during this relatively easy phase. This is because you are engaging and stretching muscles that have been dormant for years. You will also be sucking at the air for every molecule of oxygen you can get. It will be a week or two before your lungs are really open, prepare to gasp like a newborn taking its very first breath.

(For more, see Friends Don’t Let Friends Get Skinny Fat)

2. You will realize how fat you and other regular people are compared to real athletes.

Role models:…your certified instructors will have the physiques of comic book superheroes. You will weigh 40% more than them but they will be somewhere between 50 and 150% stronger than you.
This is because your certified instructors will have the physiques of comic book superheroes. You will weigh 40% more than them but they will be somewhere between 50 and 150% stronger than you. It will make no sense that such “little” guys and girls are that much more powerful than you; it’ll be rather disorienting, especially if you’re a big guy like me who thought he was “strong” walking in. The instructors are not huge or freakishly jacked like traditional body builders, but I wouldn’t want to bet against them in any contests of strength. The idea is to be able to lift heavy weights but in as efficient a manner as possible, and then to be able to run a mile while the old school body builder huffs and puffs behind you. And you, big guy, are not strong. You are fat and incidentally may be able to lift some weight up. You will learn about real strength very soon.

3. You will begin learning the lingo

and using it without feeling like a dork …

4. Your friends and family will start Googling the term “CrossFit” and giving you warnings. 

CrossFit is safe: You are equally likely to be injured while ice skating, lifting weights alone, horseback riding, surfing or doing any other type of strenuous activity if you are engaging recklessly and not taking the proper precautions.
“Oh, you’re doing that Cross thing, I think I just read something about that…”  They will come across a rare disorder wherein people push themselves past the exhaustion point until their muscle fibers begin to break down and slip through the bloodstream into their kidneys. They will also come across stories about injuries and the like associated with CrossFit search terms. The reality is that these types of injuries can and do occur with any kind of training if taken too far and under the wrong type of supervision. You are equally likely to be injured while ice skating, lifting weights alone, horseback riding, surfing or doing any other type of strenuous activity if you are engaging recklessly and not taking the proper precautions. I would also note that there is an ongoing fear-mongering campaign being waged by the traditional fitness clubs and gyms. They see the proliferation of the CrossFit movement across the country as a massive threat to their membership rolls. There is no possible way that a guy doing his usual leisurely circuit around the same 12 or 15 machines in a gym is ever going to get the intensity of a workout at a CrossFit box.

(For more, see Top Tips for Your First Two Years of CrossFit)

5. You will get insanely good at counting.

Everything in CrossFit is about reps. 20 clean & jerks followed by 10 box-jumps topped off with 30 sit-ups, then repeat five times and compete for time. Think about the counting, the counting down, the mental division of large quantities of reps into small, more manageable-seeming blocks.

“Okay, let me get five more then take a breath and then just three more and then only two sets left until I’m three fifth’s of the way through the five rounds.”

CrossFit challenges more than your body

This is the kind of conversation you’re carrying on with yourself in the heat of the W.O.D. and you’ll become very proficient at counting backward as well – “seven more…six, five more, c’mon, four…” Whatever it takes to get you through.

Page 1 2 Next »
Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

astewart30 published the post Size Doesn't Matter on Tabata Times
From the time I was 10 years old I have been aware of my size. I have always known how much I weigh...
CrossFit KSX posted on Facebook

Tuesday's Workout Strength: 10 min EMOM 3 Deadlift @ 70% of 3RM Conditioning: 12min EMOM 3 Power cleans 155/115 5 strict pull-ups Rest 2 min: 3 rounds of: 1 min elbow plank 45 sec max supermans 30 sec Russian twist with weight 20/15 * 30 sec rest between rounds*

Kristy Parrish published the post How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher on
Editor's Note: "How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher" was originally posted to the Beyond the...
WhatWouldJohnMackEat published the post Portuguese Style Littleneck Clams on Nutrition WOD
Littleneck clams are hands down my favorite seafood. I eat them raw, steamed or cooked Portuguese...
Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave posted on Facebook

Tuesday 9/9/14 15 mins to work to heavy Snatch deadlift + snatch pull + snatch For time: 10 power cleans 185/125 20 burpee over bar 30 toe 2 bar 200ft farmers carry 55/35 30 toe 2 bar 20 burpee over bar 10 power cleans

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Invoke shared an image on Facebook

Body Comp Challenge is in full swing. Be sure to make these next 12 weeks worth it! #cfinvoke #cfiathlete #cfibootycamp #crossfit #bodycomp #fat #relentlesslife #weighin #eatright #nutrition #goals #progress

CrossFit King of Prussia posted an article
CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Gastonia shared a link on Facebook

Tuesday's WOD http://www.crossfitgastonia.com/w-o-d

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

6pm cleanin' and dubbin'!

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

N'Sync! (See what I did there? Lol)

Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave shared a link on Facebook

There is still space left to register for the Carl Paoli seminar at CrossFit Ridge Ave on September 20th from 9am-5pm. The seminar is $295 with discounts offered for CF Level 1 Certified Trainers, Educators, Military/Fire/Police/Rescue and USA Gymnastics members! https://freestyleconnection.pushpress.com/open/event/freestyle-connection-seminar---philadelphia-pa

CrossFit 77 shared an image on Facebook

What an awesome start to our Let's Move class on Saturday September 6! Remember this class is free every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 bring your kids and their friends! We can't wait to see the turn out for this Saturday!

CrossFit 77 posted on Facebook

George just PR'd his back squat by 50lbs! 365# like a champ!

CrossFit Wake Forest posted on Facebook

9/9/2014 WOD: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3 Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets. Then: 4 rounds for time of: Run, 200 m 10 Kettlebell Swings

CrossFit Wilmington posted an article
CrossFit Harrisburg posted on Facebook

Tues Back Squat (3x4 @ 80%, then 1 set for max reps) 15 mins to complete Metcon (Time) 4 Rounds 200m Run 40 double unders 300m Row Rest 1 min 2 for 1 du subs

CrossFit Invoke posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Everyone loves HSPUs @cfwilmington #wantmoredomore #strongereveryday

CrossFit LKN shared an image on Facebook

Big 9 am class this morning!

CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Great job to Alison and all of our new members this summer!

judyjudyjudy published the post Why The Box Is Not Like Any Old Gym- Facing Fear and Finding Beauty At Crossfit on
"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. " ~Ralph Waldo...
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Main Line shared an image on Facebook

Beginning this week, YOGA will be offered at 10:30am on Tuesdays at CFML and Thursdays at CFR5. Come join us!

CrossFit Durham posted on Facebook

Welcome back to CFD athlete, and recent new MOM, Rachel Mason!

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit RDU shared an image on Facebook

We will have WODbody Sports Massage in house here at CrossFit RDU this coming Wednesday. Appointment slots will be available from 3pm-8pm in 30min sessions or more. There will be a sign up sheet on the whiteboard. Check them out and we may make it a permanent fixture! $35 - 30 minutes $45 - 40 minutes $55 - 50 minutes $65 - 60 minutes

CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Exchange shared an image on Facebook

Achieving Excellence through competition helps us break through our own boundaries. From the coaches desk we are all proud of the athletes that came out, and more importantly for all of your help and support.

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

Ladies - check this out!

CrossFit Durham shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit 910 shared an image on Facebook

liftlaugheatrepeat published the post Secret Ingredient Paleo Meatloaf on
So my husband absolutely loves meatloaf, which is great because it's a relatively simple meal...
CrossFit Main Line shared a link on Facebook

Hey Main Liners and R5ers! Good news...beginning this Thursday, 9.11 at 6:30pm we are bringing in a Chiropractor a couple days a week for your aches, pains and general fitness recovery needs to CFML. The wonderful, Dr. Katzen will be scheduling free consultations and following up with necessary treatments. We could all use a little adjustment. Call today to schedule your appointment at CFML- 610-664-8330 http://www.drkatzen.com/

CrossFit Coastal shared an image on Facebook

Congratulations to Brandon M for passing his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and also Head Coaches Phil & Kelly for completing / passing their CrossFit Kettlebell Certification this weekend! Continuing education is very important to us here at CrossFit Coastal. Your instructors are always in a constant state of learning new ways to serve you better. Proud of you!

CrossFit Harrisburg shared an image on Facebook

No heel strike.

CrossFit 919 posted on Facebook

Endurance WOD tonight at 6:30 PM. We'll be inside on the rowers.

CrossFit Durham posted on Facebook

Wishing Greg Wehn a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

CrossFit Durham posted an article
CrossFit Durham shared an image on Facebook

Check out CFD athlete, Sarah Tallent, in our latest Athlete Spotlight! "My body has much more muscle than before. I like that part. I also really like feeling strong. I never feel more strong than when my hands are around a barbell preparing for a 1 rep max of something." www.crossfitdurham.com/sarah-tallent

CrossFit LKN posted on Facebook

This Wednesday, September 10th from 6:30-8:00pm Kyle will be holding a Nutrition Seminar. It is free and open to anyone who would like to attend (members or non-members). If you haven't attended one of Kyle's nutrition seminars definitely get in for this one!

CrossFit 77 shared a link on Facebook

11 Reasons Dehydration Is Making You Sick & Fat http://themindunleashed.org/2014/09/11-reasons-dehydration-making-sick-fat.html

CrossFit Durham posted on Facebook

Congratulations to our newest Foundations Course graduates, Ali Giusto and Sam Matias! Welcome to CFD!

CrossFit Exchange shared an image on Facebook

What a day!

CrossFit Main Line shared an image on Facebook

R5s Monday morning 6am crew 1RM Front Squat with 3sec pause Then, 1000m Row 50 Wall Balls 30 Pull Ups

Oak City CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Silver Spring posted an article
CrossFit WhiteMarsh shared a link on Facebook

Monday WOD

CrossFit Dilworth posted on Facebook

CFE Week of 9.8.14: 9/8: 4 Rds: 2min each of row, burpees, DU. 1 min rest btw each. Then, core work. 9/10: 25 Min AMRAP of 400M Run w/ max plank hold. Once runner can no longer hold plank they must run again. Then, 5 Min hill sprints every 30 sec.

CrossFit Harrisburg shared a link on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1540962729472369&id=1429905077244802

ESC CrossFit Southend shared a link on Facebook

9/8/14 – Paleo Potluck Tailgating on Sunday! http://wp.me/p2DLR3-VK

CrossFit Dilworth shared a link on Facebook

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Tomorrow is 6x6 back squats so rest up tonight! This week and next week will be the two hardest weeks of the squat cycle, so prepare yourself (mentally and physically!) and don't miss out. The squatting will take the majority of the class time, we want to make sure you get through your sets with enough rest and not too rushed. See you tomorrow! http://crossfit-dilworth.com/monday-wod-9-8-14/

CrossFit Dilworth posted an article
CrossFit Revamped posted on Facebook

What a great weekend at Revamped! The SuperFit competition couldn't have gone any better and we are so thankful to have had so many awesome volunteers and judges. We wouldn't have been able to do it without you guys. The judging was on point! So many great no reps! haha I am terrible. But really, you guys killed it and my equipment crew was crazy fast! All the heats were ready to rock and roll every event. The comp finished like 2 hours ahead of schedule with no hick ups throughout the day at all. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much. The Revamped athletes did amazing as always and we are super proud of you guys. Your training and hard work shined bright and you all showed a lot of heart all day. Tomorrow's WOD (Simple and to the point!) Strength Back Squat 5x5 @ 80% WOD Heavy "Grace" 30 Clean & Jerks for time (185/115) C (155/95) (135/95) S

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV