You Don’t Need to Be Fit to Start CrossFit: Debunking the Myth

I often address this, but I am going to continue to stand on my soap box and address it until every single person hears me.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO ‘GET FIT’ TO START CROSSFIT

This is a common thing we hear time and time again.  

‘I want to join, but first I am going to get in shape first.’

‘I am going to take up running to build my endurance, then after [insert event] we can talk.’

‘You guys do crazy things, I’m nowhere near being in good enough shape.’

Sound familiar?  

Maybe you have thought it or someone has told you that.

The best way to get in shape, that I know of anyways, is by starting.  If you need to ‘be better’ to join a gym, then I would suggest looking for another gym.  We 100% meet you where you are in your fitness journey.  I am not kidding when I say we have helped people through every type of injury and limitation.  There are very very few things we can’t work around.

The best thing that taking up running will do for you, is make you better at running.  Replace running with any other activity.  Taking up biking makes you better at biking.  Yoga makes you better at yoga.  While these activities are fantastic separately AND partnered up with other activities, doing these activities alone won’t prepare you for joining CrossFit.  Doing CrossFit will prepare you for CrossFit.

Let me address the old ‘you guys do crazy things’ narrative.  Yes, if you YouTube CrossFit you will find the worse of the worse out there.  I think we have one member walking on their hands.  We have some members that want to climb ropes.  Others that like to jump on high boxes.  But the majority of our members, well, they just don’t.  So we change the workout so that everyone gets what they need out of it.  Handstand walks become dumbbell presses, rope climbs become ring rows or rope pulls, box jumps become box step ups.  And everyone leaves feeling good and accomplished.

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