Are you on the fence about trying CrossFit? It can be intimidating at first, but once you understand that everyone was once a beginner and is there for the same reason you are, it becomes a second home.
Reasons why you should definitely start CrossFit:
CrossFit creates athletes, NOT bodybuilders
Many people believe that crossfit will “bulk” them up, but that is not always true. Depending on your diet and time spent in the gym, you determine your size. CrossFit is an intense workout so it brings out the competitor in everyone. You have a competitive edge that makes getting in shape fun.
CrossFit Provides Results You Can See
CrossFit workouts provide data that you can measure. If you started squatting only 50 lbs but within your first month of coming you can now squat 100 lbs, you will definitely be motivated to maintain your work ethic in the class.
CrossFit comes with a Family
Besides a whole new world of exercises and workouts, you also get a new world of family and friends when joining a CrossFit gym. These people that you workout out with day in and day out become an integral part of your life. They motivate and push you to be the very best you can be.
CrossFit will change your life
CrossFit will alter other perspectives of your life. Your confidence will grow and aid you mentally and physically. Many people notice an improvement in their life at work, home, and in relationships once they started CrossFit.
I’m going to state something obvious here: “Working out is hard.” Actually getting to the gym to perform said workout is even harder. Going to a gym or going on a run (or whatever you like to do) when no one is
a.) expecting you or
b.) counting on your showing up is even harder.
We’re lucky in that any given day at Three Lions CrossFit, you’ll have a whole group of workout buddies waiting for you. If you’re looking to improve your routine, here are a couple of ways you can build your fitness community — aka “accountability partners” — to ensure your success:
- Make it an appointment. Some of our clients call it the most important appointment of the day. Others consider it their one hour of “me time” that so many of us often miss or easily push aside for other obligations.
- Make a friend. Commit to a time and a place and be there. If you have someone expecting you, you’re much more likely not to hit snooze and go. You can even have a virtual workout buddy: Commit via text/email by saying you’re running at 6 a.m. and the communicating results afterwards.
- Share a Goal. It opens you up and holds you accountable. Whether it’s with your spouse, a friend or family member, share what your goals are. Some are even so bold to share on social media.
The more you build your Fitness Community, the more it will build YOU up and help YOU get to where YOU want to be. Just like we do with the on-ramp program at Three Lions CrossFit, we will start with the basics and grow from there.
The first two sentences of CrossFit’s Founder Greg Glassman’s, “Fitness in 100 Words” are a great place to start: “Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat”
QUALITY and QUANTITY are the two key parts here.
QUALITY – Keep it simple when starting to dial in your nutrition. The list above isn’t a laundry list of foods you can eat, and foods you’re forbidden from eating. Instead, it’s a direction to eat real food, with a focus on those foods that are nutrient dense and will support a healthy lifestyle, instead of prevent one. Glassman’s council is a great starting point to ensure quality foods.
How do you actually do it though? Shop the outside of the grocery store. Don’t overcomplicate things!! For example, if you aren’t already eating many vegetables to begin with, worrying about organic, GMO, etc; will just add unnecessary strain to the process. Planning and preparing meals is VITAL to living a healthy lifestyle. Discovering, or rediscovering, your crockpot and grill can quickly make mealtime easier, and there are 1000s of recipes on the internet to support your specific needs. You don’t have to go after the complex Julia Childs’ recipes, but if you enjoy that, go for it! Make sure whatever you’re doing, and however you’re doing it, keeps things attainable, and not complicated. Keep healthy enjoyable options in your home for the moments things don’t go as planned.
QUANTITY – We are not talking about limiting yourself!!! As a CrossFit athlete especially, you need to make sure you are getting enough food to support routine, daily activity, as well as your workouts, but NOT BODY FAT!! Cutting too much food will wreck your metabolism, making it very hard to burn fat…not to mention H-ANGRY!! Everyones daily nutritional needs will be different. In an effort to keep things simple, start by trying to compose each meal of primarily protein (meat, fish, eggs, full fat dairy), vegetables, and, depending on the leanness of the meat, maybe some nuts, seeds or other healthy fat. You may want to add in some starch and fruit, particularly on days you exercise, preferably as close to your workout as possible.
To give you some place to start for your daily needs and put this in perspective as an active Crossfitter consider 12 calories per every pound as a Minimum starting point. Many will need 15 calories or more per pound. We recommend at least 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass as a starting point and if possible 1 gram of protein per pound of body mass. See the links on the back for help is setting up specific amounts of food you should eat.
We recommend you track your food for at least a few weeks, and pay particular attention to how you feel during this time. This will help you understand how much you are currently eating, of what, and how it is affecting you all around. This will be an important resource to you when making any necessary changes to ensure success. Keeping track can be as simple as briefly writing it down or using an app such as MyFitnessPal, where you can scan barcodes and search for common foods to count calories.