I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say they “can’t” do CrossFit. Or they, “need to get in shape first before starting.” Stop! This is poisonous to any goal. The beauty of CrossFit is that, with proper coaches, it’s movements can be modified to meet anyones needs. This clip is an excellent example of the amazing scalability and versatility of CrossFit to meet anyone’s needs right where they are at. So many people struggle with simply knowing what to do to get fit that the idea of someone “training” to get ready for CrossFit is almost absurd. The best way to get ready for CrossFit is by coming in and letting professional coaches work with you to develop and strengthen your weaknesses and to build on your strengths. This short clip of the 12:30pm class performing a workout will illustrate this point quite well.
The WOD (Workout Of the Day) in this clip is a 10:00 AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) of 10 pull-up and 12 overhead squats at (95lb for the men and 65lbs for the women). As you can see we have all ranges of abilities represented in just this one small class! One member is scaling the pull-up by laying vertically at an angle and performing ring rows. Another is doing pull-ups to a bar with the assistance of bands. And finally another class member is performing a traditional pull-up. As the video pans you’ll notice a female member scaling the overhead squats. Her coach has set up plates and a medicine ball under her to give her a target depth to squat to and also to add stability and safety to the bottom of her squat position. As her mobility and range of motion improves we’ll remove or lower the hight of these aids and allow her to squat deeper. You’ll also notice that she is using a 35lb bar instead of the prescribed 65lb women’s weight. This particular athlete has made huge strides in overhead mobility since joining and working with our coaches. Finally as the video ends you’ll see another male member performing the prescribed overhead squats at 95lbs and working to increase depth while maintaining a solid overhead position.
As you can see there are all ranges of abilities and skill levels represented in the average CrossFit class. Often times we believe that everyone doing CrossFit must be a “Rich Froning Jr.” type CrossFit Games athlete, when in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth. Games athletes make up an astoundingly small percentage of CrossFit community. In your average gym like CrossFit Training Valley you’ll find moms, dads, white and blue collar workers, weekend warriors, and fitness enthusiasts. All normal people, coming together to do something extraordinary. To commit to an above average fitness routine and to support, motivate, and encourage each other to achieve things they couldn’t otherwise do! People come into the gym from all walks of life and skill levels. Then the coaches, community, and CrossFit start to work to make them better than ever before! You don’t need to “get ready” for CrossFit. All you need to do is come as you are with an open mind and a desire to improve your fitness and quality of life! This environment will take care of the rest!