Starting The Journey

Starting The CrossFit Journey

Starting anything new and unfamiliar is usually a little daunting, and CrossFit is no different. From worrying that you’ll trip as you walk in the door, to wondering if you have the right gear and whether you will cope with the physical demands, there are many uncertainties that could dissuade someone from signing up.  

CrossFit 360Vida’s ex-coach and current Californian-CrossFit-junkie and tech-genius, Phill Dewing, offers a few words of advice to those that are just starting out on their CrossFit journey…

WHAT IS CROSSFIT?

“CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000. Promoted as a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport, CrossFit routines incorporate high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, pylometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy spoty, calisthenics, strongman exercises and other excercises.” (Wikipedia)

If you managed to understand all of that you’ve done pretty well. Basically it incorporates all of the above to turn you into a fit, functional, goal achieving and driven super human.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The only fitness I’ve done in the last 10 years is lifting my draft glass on a Friday and Saturday with the odd tequila when I’m trying to get my heart rate up. It’s never too early to start, exercises get scaled and you’ll always be working against yourself and at a pace that’s manageable. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’re not fit enough to start. Forget that, find the closest Box (CrossFit Gym) and sign up for an intro class.

I can bench press your mother and dead lift a car. As awesome as that is boet, when you’ve dropped my mother and she runs away from you using her Zimmer frame, you won’t be able to catch her. CrossFit builds explosive functional muscle and mobility; things that tend to get left behind when following a conventional gym routine. Before joining CrossFit I did weight training for 11 years and was very hesitant to start. The only thing I regret now is not starting sooner.

I’m a girly girl. Although I’m not an expert in this field, I can tell you that, because exercises are scaled you’ll be surprised with what you can do. You’ll be able to eat more and more healthily, calorie counting will go out the window and you’ll start seeing results equal to whatever you put in. Without sounding bias, CrossFit girls have the best butts.

I’m a competitive athlete. As much as one can choose to work only against yourself, CrossFit can be super competitive with global and regional competitions happening continuously. CrossFit can be used to supplement your existing sport training or be taken up as a competitive sport in its own right.

I hope this has given you something to think about! Hopefully you’ll be going to your local CrossFit Box to try out an intro class. I promise you won’t regret it.