PICTURE THE SCENE: You meet up with a friend that you haven’t seen in a while. They are looking great, you compliment them and casually ask them what it is they have been doing to get into such good shape.
Friend: “I’ve joined a new gym. You should come down with me, they run FREE Taster Sessions for beginners.”
You: “Yeh, sounds good. Which one is it?”
You: “Whoah, no I’m no way near fit enough. Maybe in a few months when I have gotten a bit more active.”
Getting fit before you join a gym? It’s like tidying up before the cleaner arrives. It makes no sense at all.
There are generally three types of people who join us at CrossFit Pendle:
1 >> Those who come from an already athletic background – weightlifting, gymnastics, circuit training etc. These people tend to already be able to do most movements to a pretty high standard but benefit greatly from the advice and guidance of the coaching team.
2>> Those who have never lifted a barbell in their life or even attempted to lift themselves up on a bar, however, they are relatively active. For these people, almost everything, except cardio-type movements such as running, rowing, cycling – will be new. It will take some time to learn the techniques, build confidence and get stronger.
3>> Those who have not done any exercise since they left school, or at least for a prolonged period of time. For these people, it’s a case of building stamina, building strength and building confidence.
All of the above personas join the gym on a regular basis – the latter two more so than the first – and each and every one is able to come to the gym and get a really good workout that pushes and develops them regardless of their ability.
So you might not be able to do a pull up yet – use the rings to do a ring row, or use a band to help support your weight. By doing either of those substituted movements, you will build strength in your arms and your upper back, which over time will help you to get pull-ups.
Everything is scalable, tailored to whatever level you are at. The coaches are there to guide you through the various movement options and everyone is there for the same thing – to get fitter – so there is no judging. You will actually find that it is the one who finishes last that tends to get the most cheers and encouragement.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and you will definitely end up surprising yourself!
So, do you have to be fit and healthy to start CrossFit? No, let’s keep the coaches in jobs and let them put us through our paces to get us to where we want to be.
See you soon!
CrossFit Pendle Team
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