The biggest challenge with introducing new people to CrossFit is the misconception that CrossFit is not for beginners. One of the most common things I hear from new people is “this is great, but I’m not fit enough yet – I’m going to get fit on my own and then I’ll be back in 3 months”.
The sad reality is that we often do not see those people again in 3 months. When we check up on them and see how they are going they are generally in no better position than they were 3 months ago and still don’t feel like they are ready.
As a trainer this is the most frustrating thing as I know that with our help, their fitness would have sky rocketed in that 3 months to well beyond what they would have achieved on their own.
Can CrossFit seem intimidating? Totally.
We know that, and that’s why we are here to walk you through step by step.
Before you come for your Free Trial, take a read of the biggest misconceptions we get from new athletes.
Biggest misconceptions as a beginner:
1. CrossFit is Elite
Your average CrossFit member is not elite. The CrossFit Games are Elite. The athletes who qualify for the Games make up less than 0.01% of CrossFit participants. CrossFit SWS is made up of regular people just trying to improve their health and fitness. Mums, Dads, Students, Grandparents and Full time workers simply coming together to get better.
2. Everyone is already in such great shape, I’ll be holding everyone back.
Our member base is massively varied in fitness level and all workouts are scaled to the individual. Everyone might look really fit when you’re standing from the door but in reality you’ll find many of them were beginners just like yourself not very long ago.
The group sessions are designed and programmed in such a way that everyone is working at their own level. It’s often the fittest who finish last as their workload is increased to match their ability.
3. I need to get Fit first before I can do CrossFit.
We will get you fit.
Our entry program is a nice slow transition which will take you through all the basics at a pace to suit you to make sure you are both comfortable and safe.
4. I’m too old, it’s too late for me to start training.
The older you are the more important it is to start exercise as soon as possible and even more important that you do it with qualified trainers. Do you want to be the 70yr old in a nursing home or the 90yr old that still able to chase after their grand kids?
5. People will look at me and think that I don’t belong here.
This is one of the biggest misconceptions. We are always welcoming of people who are already fit but our biggest passion is for those who have worked up the courage to try something new. Both our trainers and members love to see someone who’s getting out of their comfort zone and you will find you’ll have more support than any other place you’ve been.
6. I’ve got a bad (Back, Knee, Elbow, Shoulder), I shouldn’t be doing exercise
Exercise is one of the most important factors in healing injuries. That’s why we employ University trained Exercise Physiologists to help you improve on the limitations you might have.
Even after you’ve read these we know you’ll still be nervous but that’s ok. Anything worth doing is probably going to scare you a little bit. The hardest part is starting, after that it’s all downhill (and then back up the hill again. Come on, its CrossFit).