You have doubts and you are shy. You think you might fail or it might be very difficult. You fear the unknown or the thought of being uncomfortable. You are afraid of what others will think or how it will turn out. You think of all the worst case scenarios.
Fear, by definition, is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or threat.
I could go on and on about how fear limits us and how we can all break free from it.
If you wait until all the risks are gone, it probably never will. If you wait until the weather is perfect, there is no such thing. If you wait for the fear to go away completely, it's unrealistic.
“If you kill the butterflies in your stomach, you will kill the dream. Most people pull back when they experience this feeling of nervousness and discomfort. But that feeling indicates that you are doing something that matters to you. Embrace the feeling. Lean into the discomfort. Try to understand what the feeling is telling you. Practice the alchemy of fear. Jonathan Fields
In my opinion, you have two options when it comes to fear.
1) do all you can to deal with it. Accept the fact that you might mess up and things don't look pretty. Know that it might be difficult, but you will get over it, and you will be so glad you faced it.
2) Don't do anything. Keep replaying the fear and worry in your mind and it will keep building them up even more. If you choose not to face your doubts and worries, you will be asking yourself questions forever.
You can either choose to conquer your fears or continue to let them limit you. But, you need to know that whatever option you choose (action or inaction), it will create a pattern. Whenever you choose to deal with them, or not to deal with them, you are more likely to take that route again.
Your choices become habits, and thus define your approach to training and to life.
If you are feeling stuck in a rut, tired, discouraged, or pessimistic… then today do something that you are just a little scared to do. Do something you wouldn't normally do. Take a step to overcome a fear.
Do something. Take a step. Trying your luck. There is no better time than now. Choose to attack your bloody fears.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Clarification, Over and Over and Over Again. It’s your time, money, and most importantly, your health we’re talking about here. If you don’t fully understand something during class, ask. If you still don’t get it, ask again. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully grasp the concept, or you think others in the class will get frustrated with you for taking up too much time… they probably have the same exact question. We were all newbies at one point. We’ve all been there. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the squat, sdt, or any of the Olympic lifts takes lots of practice and critique from a trained eye. If you need help, just ask.
CrossFit Isn’t Everything. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on building general physical preparedness ( GPP ). It is quickly evolving into a sport of its own, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be your sport or your lifeblood. A majority of people CrossFit so that they can do whatever they want : Go out, play sports, learn new things, etc. Having that GPP allows you to take on new challenges. CrossFit doesn’t have to be your life. Many people CrossFit so they can have a life… and be awesome at it.
It Doesn’t Get Easier, It Just Sucks Less. The longer you immerse yourself in the suck, the less it sucks. You get stronger, build a greater aerobic capacity, and become mentally tough. All of these aspects, combined with experience, allow you to know when to push yourself and when to back off, so that you can attack each workout to the best of your ability.
You Won’t PR Every Day. Don’t mistake intensity for work. Even if you’re having a bad day and the intensity just isn’t there, you can still get a lot out of your time in the gym through work. Intensity and hard work are not the same thing. Don’t skip a planned session just because you don’t think you’re going to kill it and leave everything out on the table. Not feeling too strong that day ? Something is always better than nothing.
Introduce yourself to others in the class. How will this help you ask ? When you introduce yourself to someone you’ll feel more comfortable in the class and realize that you’re not the only one that’s new to CrossFit. So instead of feeling totally nervous and awkward holding a PVC pipe overhead, you feel a little bit more at ease and focus more on what you’re doing.
Keep a journal. Write down the warm-up, the skill, the WOD, and your results. This will greatly accelerate your progress. We often do workouts and lifts based on weights and reps that we have previously done. If you don’t know which kettlebell to use because you never recorded the weight you used last week, then you end up picking the wrong weight. Write stuff down and be able to reference it.
Listen to the Coach. He/she is there for a reason. They spent time studying the subject matter. They have coached hundreds to thousands of people on these movements. Your buddy that watched a couple of Youtube films is not lateral to that.
Firebreather. Beast. Rock star. You’ll hear a lot of different terminology used to describe those athletes who kill every workout, and blow everyone else away. Here in our gym, we consider every one of our athletes a rock vedette. Hey, it takes huge cojones just to show up and do these insane WODs. Be proud of yourself and what you accomplish here. We sure as hell are.
Walk into any box ( that’s CrossFit speak for the gym itself ) and you’ll be greeted by clanging weights, clouds of chalk and whiteboards scribbled with acronyms like “AMRAP” and “EMOM. ” With insider speak that almost qualifies as its own language and raw, rough-around-the-edges spaces, CrossFit can definitely be intimidating to try. And even though many of the 10, 000 affiliate gyms offer your first workout free, beginners may still feel overwhelmed by the culture of the popular strength and conditioning program.
So what should you really expect if and when you dive into the world of CrossFit ? We turned to five athletes who’ve sweated through years of WODs ( aka workouts of the day ) for the advice they wish they’d gotten when they first started.
“Each culture, conseillé and [workout] space is very different, ” says Anna Willard, a CrossFit athlete at CrossFit Merrimack in Lowell, MA, as well as a constituer professional middle-distance runner. ( She snagged a world record in the steeplechase in 2008, but no longer competes. ) She recommends trying out a couple of different boxes before committing yourself — and your credit card — to one. “Don’t necessarily go to the place that is the most ‘convenient, ’” Willard says. Look for that one gym that’ll keep you coming back — so take note of each box’s programming ( aka the structure of workouts ) and study the overall vibe of the community before ponying up for a package.