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TOP TIPS FOR CROSSFIT BEGINNERS

Sep 20, 2020

It's super exciting when you take that step and sign up to become a Crossfit member but it also might seem a little daunting at the same time. There's going to be quite a lot of new things coming your way! If you're just starting out or thinking about joining, here's our top tips for Crossfit beginners that will help you get started! 

 

1. Choose the right Box for you 

There are Crossfit gyms popping up everywhere these days. How do you choose which one is best for you? Firstly, you want to check that it's an affiliated Crossfit gym. There's many 'Crossfit style' gyms around but if they're not affiliated it means they're not officially Crossfit! Other things to consider would be, the experience of the coaches, class structure (not every box is ran the same), programming and community.

 

2. Build up slowly & don't compare yourself to others

When you turn up for your first CrossFit session, you’re going to see people in all sorts of...

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5 CROSSFIT MYTHS DEBUNKED

Aug 19, 2020

If you've never tried Crossfit before, you may have wondered what it's all about and whether it's as bad or as good as people say it is. Before you decide CrossFit is too intense, or will make you manly or is dangerous, or whatever you've heard, we're here to give you some hard facts!

 

1. MYTH - You'll get hurt

FACT - With every kind of exercise or sport there's always risk of injury. As long as you listen to your body, to your coach and warm up properly, then you shouldn't get hurt. You actually might not know but Crossfit can actually help avoid injury through functional exercises, or exercises that mimic movements you do in everyday life/ situations. Carrying shopping bags? Picking up your children? Crossfit can help with you with that!

 

 

2. MYTH -  You have to be physically fit to do Crossfit 

Many people believe that they have to be already physically fit before joining Crossfit but this isn't true! Regardless...

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HEALTHY HABITS TO KEEP UP AFTER LOCKDOWN

Jul 03, 2020

It's safe to say that throughout lockdown, many of us have taken up some new hobbies and formed different habits. Even though there has been many hard times throughout the COVID pandemic, there has also been some positives to take away...

Lockdown has given us time to appreciate things that we usually take for granted! We have been getting outdoors and enjoying the countryside, spending more time with our families and appreciating the gorgeous weather we've had! We have been finding new things to fill our time such as baking or gardening and we've learnt to shop at & support our local businesses! 

So, are you going to keep up these habits now that normal life is starting to resume or will you go back to old ways? Here's some healthy habits we think should be kept up...

 

1. Time for self-care

Whether it's exercise which is essential for both physical and mental health, making some time to read a book, doing...

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HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED THROUGHOUT SUMMER

Jun 01, 2020

When the weather is nice outside, you'd rather meet up with friends, have a few drinks after work, or just sit and relax in your back garden...it can be hard to get yourself motivated to workout! 

No matter what your excuse is, here's some tips to help you stay on track this summer...

1. Workout early in the morning

If you usually get towards the end of the day and you start to make excuses as to why you can't workout, then try and fit it in first thing so it's over & done with before your day has even really started. This way, not only will it be cooler at that time of day but you can enjoy the rest of your day knowing you've already completed your workout!

 

2. Keep hydrated

Being dehydrated can leave you feeling unmotivated causing  your energy levels to drop, give you headaches and generally leave you feeling lethargic and often grouchy! None of which, will inspire you to go and exercise. Make sure you...

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BODYWEIGHT CROSSFIT WORKOUTS YOU CAN EASILY DO FROM HOME

May 01, 2020

Given the current circumstances, we've had to adapt to working out at home and for many of us, it's become a significant part of our day.

You don't always need a barbell or weights for a high-intensity workout, bodyweight Crossfit workouts can really test your endurance and mobility.

If you're looking for some workout inspo, we've put together some great Crossfit workouts for you, that can be done at home, no equipment needed...

 

1. 10 rounds of:

  • 10 push ups

  • 10 sit ups

  • 10 air squats

 

2. AMRAP 20

  • 400 meter run (approx)
  • 30 jumping lunges (alternating)
  • 20 plyo pushups
  • 10 V-ups

 

3. 50-40-30-20-10

  • Air Squats
  • Situps

 

4. 10-1

  • Burpees
  • Pushups
  • Situps
(10 burpees, 10 pushups, 10 situps, 9 burpees, 9 pushups, 9 situps etc...)
 

5. “Susan” – 5 rounds for time

  • Run 200m
  • 10 squats
  • 10 push ups

 

6. For time: 

  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 75 air squats
  • 50 push ups
  • 25 burpees

 

You don't have...

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YOU WANT TO TRY CROSSFIT FROM YOUR HOME...?

Apr 01, 2020

With all the gyms closed it means that many of you will be working out from your home for the time being. Although it's not convenient and we would much rather be at our box, Crossfit workouts CAN be done from home with or without weights! 

Crossfit workouts are intense and combine all different types of exercises with lots of variety. This means, you can count on a CrossFit to give you a great full body workout 

With a few tips from us, you can make the most of your at-home Crossfit workouts and build some healthy habits along the way...

1. Choose a workout that's right for you

There's plenty of Crossfit Home workouts you can choose from if you look online but make sure you pick one that's right for your ability. If you're a beginner or never tried Crossfit at all, maybe choose one that offers some easy movements or doesn't take as long to do! 

2. Fit a home CrossFit Workout into your daily routine

Now that we don't have the gym to...

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WHY BEING CONSISTENT IS KEY!

Feb 29, 2020

People who are successful all have one thing in common... they are consistent! Consistency is the key to success. Consistency leads to habits and then habits mould the actions we take each day.

So, if you want to achieve your Crossfit goals, or any fitness/ weightloss related goals for that matter, you must be consistent. People can be impatient when it comes to exercise and don't give their fitness plans enough time. 

Luckily with Crossfit, it's easier to create a habit and be consistent because all the workouts are planned for you. That means you know that when you turn up, you don't have to spend any time thinking about what you're supposed to be doing!

To help keep you more motivated and dedicated to your fitness goals, find yourself a  workout partner or come and join a partner workout at Crossfit Pendle. This way you are held accountable for and more likely to go if you know someone else is relying on you too! The coaches at a Crossfit gym also...

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10 REASONS YOU NEED TO TRY CROSSFIT IN 2020

Jan 29, 2020

You may already know someone who does Crossfit and if you do, the chances are they probably talk about it all the time! It's known for its brutal workouts and ripped physiques which has led to many misconceptions. However, we're here to tell you exactly why Crossfit should be a part of your life!

1. COMMUNITY

When you step into a CrossFit Box, you instantly become part of a community. The community is what separates Crossfit from any other gym. You'll meet lots of friendly faces and people who are all on the same journey as you!

2. THE RESULTS

Crossfit WILL get you results! Even if you don't intentionally focus on them, just by purely taking part in the workouts, you'll noticeably see changes in your body. 

 3. MENTAL HEALTH

It isn’t all about PB's, getting strong and physical health! It's about creating a sense of well-being and keeping good mental health too. Crossfit can reduce stress, you get to train with...

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Double marathon challenge for Mike

Jan 26, 2020

CrossFit Pendle owner Mike Rawson had signed up for the Paris Marathon…then received email confirmation of acceptance into the London Marathon taking place three weeks later!

He’s decided to bite the bullet and run both marathons in April this year.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and decided it was time to stop talking about it and just do it. I entered for a charity place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon first, but I’d heard that getting a spot was difficult, so I decided to enter the Paris one, on April 5th.

“Two weeks after I had signed up, booked the flights and hotel, I checked my emails and had notification of a place in the London Marathon on April 26th. I couldn’t believe it!

“I questioned whether three weeks gave me enough recovery to run a competitive time at London, but then I thought: Who cares, I’m in the London Marathon, I may never get the chance again, so there’s no way I can...

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Why CrossFit is good for your mental health

Dec 16, 2019

We all know that exercise has physical benefits, but one of the things that is often overlooked is how exercise like CrossFit can help improve your mental health too.

Many studies have found that doing physical activity can actively improve mental health and wellbeing. Here’s how:

Better sleep

Working out is tough! For those who struggle sleeping, exercise is a good way to tire yourself out. It can also add routine to your day, again aiding better sleep.

Happier mood

Exercise like CrossFit releases feel-good hormones. It makes you feel better in yourself and also gives you more energy! 

Managing stress

CrossFit can help reduce stress, racing thoughts and anxiety. Doing something physical releases cortisol, a hormone that helps us manage stress. Exercise also gives your brain something to focus on, making it a positive strategy for dealing with difficulties. 

Better self-esteem

Getting active can improve your self esteem by making you feel better about yourself....

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