Author: Paisley Hansen
If you’ve been anywhere on the health scene in the last couple of years, you’ve probably become pretty familiar with the term “CrossFit.” However, unless you’ve tried it for yourself, you probably don’t have a very good idea of what to expect of CrossFit before and after. As you might have guessed, this isn’t your typical head to the gym and wait in line for your favorite machine type of workout. At any rate, if you’ve agreed to subject yourself to your first WOD, here are a few things you can expect of CrossFit before and after.
What Is CrossFit?
If you’ve seen it advertised, you have probably caught wind of the popular phrase used to describe this grueling exercise regimen – “the sport of fitness.” While that does encompass the focus of CrossFit, it doesn’t really give newbies a great idea of what to expect when they hit the “box.” So to explain it a bit more thoroughly, CrossFit is a training philosophy that helps individuals improve their overall physical wellbeing and cardiovascular fitness. It is a hardcore philosophy; however, it is conducted in an accepting and encouraging environment.
In other words, CrossFit is a training program that will help you build strength and conditioning through extremely challenging workouts. Each workout will challenge you on a variety of levels and help you develop a body that is capable of nearly anything and everything.
CrossFit is extremely different than your typical gym because you won’t find any ellipticals, weight machines, or Zumba classes. But that’s not the only thing that makes it different.
Preparing for CrossFit Before and After
As you prepare for your first WOD (workout of the day), there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
You’ll work hard. Be prepared for a pretty impressive CrossFit before and after men because these workouts are no joke. You will be given an environment in which to learn, but you will be challenged from day one.
You’ll learn basic moves. In CrossFit, there are nine basic moves. You’ll need to master these fundamental CrossFit moves before and after to move on to more progressive workouts.
You’ll hear several new terms. Like any other training philosophy, CrossFit is characterized by its own lingo, so be prepared to learn some of these terms. Some of the basics include “box” (gym), “WOD,” and “RX” (reps prescribed).
If you thought you only needed to be prepared for the workout itself, you’re wrong. Being ready for the CrossFit before and after is essential because you’re going to notice some pretty vast differences.
You’ll recognize how out of shape you are. That’s right. Your first workout is likely to do one of two things – (1.) make you want to quit and never go back or (2.) give you the buzz to kill it everyday in the box.
You’ll have a better understanding of the lingo. Not only that, but you’ll start using it yourself. CrossFit isn’t just a philosophy as much as it is a community too.
You’ll start getting warnings from your friends and family. Yes, CrossFit is aggressive, but it’s not going to kill you. And especially if you focus on the basics and good form, you can ignore most of the naysayers.
You’ll begin redefining strength. If you’ve never seen a CrossFit before and after, you’ll be amazed. Whereas you may have once judged an individual’s strength primarily on his arm strength, you’ll quickly learn that there is a lot of strength and stamina to be had in areas, such as quad strength and lower back strength. In just one workout, you’ll start throwing out your old definition of strength.
You’ll gain weight first. If your goal is to lose weight, be aware that you’ll likely gain weight when you begin by actually gaining weight. The reality is that you’ll be building muscle pretty quickly with CrossFit, and muscle weighs more than fat. But don’t worry. You’ll soon get to the point that you muscle is burning enough calories that you’ll start dropping pounds, and it’ll be all downhill from there.
CrossFit will challenge you not only physically, but also mentally. So if you can come to grips with that from the get go and just follow the program, you’ll see gains you never thought possible.