Whilst we don’t want to teach our new members to “suck eggs” – as the saying goes – the vast range of different movements and exercises involved in CrossFit means that some tips from the community are great to help new members settle in a bit more easily and crack on with working out and getting fitter.
To help us out, we asked some of our members what advice they would give to a new member of CrossFit Pendle. And, to make things a little bit more interesting, the members in question are all from the same family…introducing the Gill siblings... pictured here in their first CrossFit competition together! When they first started the girls especially didn't want to lift weights for fear of getting bulky - just look at them now!!
Name: Victoria Gill (the big sister)
Joined CrossFit Pendle: June 2015
Top tip 1:
Attend the gymnastic classes – they are a massive help if you’re new to a lot of the movements. Also, don’t cherry pick when attending classes – just give it a go!
Name: Olivia Gill (one of the twins)
Joined CrossFit Pendle: October 2016
Top tip 2:
Don't be intimidated by the weightlifting! Go straight into the WODs, don’t be shy thinking you won’t know what to do, everyone makes you feel comfortable - you'll be fine... you should have seen me when I first started?!
Name: Stephanie Gill (the baby)
Joined CrossFit Pendle: October 2017
Top tip 3:
Forget about your ability and just dive in. Do a range of classes and listen to every bit of coaching you get because they’re always right (even if you think they’re wrong) and they’re saying it for your benefit! Don’t get upset if you can’t do something one day and someone else can, it’s your own challenge not anyone else’s.
Do what you can do, not what you feel pressured to do, but always test your limits!
Name: Chris Gill (the other twin who’s completely outnumbered!)
Joined CrossFit Pendle: January 2018
Top tip 4:
Throw yourself into every session and don’t be scared to ask questions on technique. Make sure that you don’t walk away thinking you haven’t left everything in the session.
So if you take anything away from reading this, let it be – don’t be afraid to give things ago, try new things to learn new things and you’re never on your own. Everyone at some point is a “newbie” and that’s not a bad thing, it’s an opportunity!
Why not try CrossFit for yourself?!
See you soon!
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