Have you ever wanted to try CrossFit but thought you needed to get in shape before you went to your first class? If so, you’re not alone. There is a huge misconception out there that CrossFit is only for ex-athletes or people who are already “in shape” Personally, I’m not shocked to hear about this, you see The CrossFit Games on TV and it leads you to think that every single person in the gym looks and performs just like these people. But what you don’t realize is that those people you see on TV are in the Top 0.01% of people in the sport of CrossFit. Think about that for a second, that is such a small percentage of the total population. Which brings me to my next discussion…

CrossFit: Fitness vs. Sport

Over the years CrossFit has progressed at an astounding rate, and with that, there has been a divide. Initially the training method was used as a core strength and conditioning program to improve one’s capability in the 10 General Physical Skills (Cardiovascular Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy). And to this day, about 99% of people working out in CrossFit gyms are using this model. They are everyday people, who want to look better, be healthier, lift weights, and have fun with their friends. The whole methodology can be summed up in 100 words.

There is also another side of CrossFit, the Sport of Fitness. These are the people you see on TV. The people who spend 5-8 hours/day training, and the remainder of their 24 hours focusing on their nutrition, sleep, and stress. You’ll never see them eat a candy bar or stay out past their bedtime. They simply eat, breath, and sleep CrossFit. This lifestyle is not for everyone, nor does everyone have the genetics, drive, motivation, etc. to live like this, and that’s perfectly fine. So my point is, don’t confuse what you see on TV with what is actually happening inside the gym.

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”  ~Greg Glassman

CrossFit Success Stories

We could spend days talking about success stories. There are people who have lost 100+ pounds, people who have eliminated the need for prescription medications, people who couldn’t bend over and touch their own toes, let alone bend over and pick up a heavy weight. Kids are doing CrossFit, pregnant women are doing CrossFit, 100-year-old retired veterans are doing CrossFit. The cool thing about the training program is that is can truly be used for anyone, regardless of fitness level or ability.

Victor started at CrossFit Hippo in 2016. He works as a local hospital with one of our amazing trainers, Fab. And says he “made the mistake” of asking her what she did to stay in such great shape. He took the first picture in December of 2015, and the second in February 2017. Victor is a member of our Commitment Club and a true testament of how just showing up can change your life.

What to Expect If You’re New

On Ramp & Education:

If you’ve never done CrossFit before, or worked out recently, expect your first month to be all about learning the movements, how to scale, and how to approach workouts. At CrossFit Hippo we offer a one time On Ramp Program where you get to meet with one of our qualified trainers, one on one, and they will teach you technique and form for all the basic movements we perform in the gym. On Ramp is a great option because you’ll get a good understanding of how class works in a one on one setting, so you get 100% of the trainer’s attention and you’re free to ask as many questions as you need.

Daily workouts that are catered to all abilities:

CrossFit works because there is something for everyone. We will have a daily workout that is listed on our private Wodify site, and from that workout our trainer will explain different variations at the beginning of every class and lead you through the workout. Take for example, maybe you’re new and we are running 400m (1/4 mile). If you haven’t ran in the last 20 years or if hurts you’re knee to run right now, we could do a 200m Run, or you could even ride a bike. Or take for example, perhaps the workout says Handstand Pushups, and the thought of putting yourself upside down right now makes your stomach cringe, we can go to the ground and practice pushups. It’s all about your ability level and progressing over time.

Community Support:

The athletes at CrossFit Hippo are extremely encouraging to every single person in class. If this is your first day, you can bet on # of one on one introductions. Ever had that happen with the person next to you on the elliptical? Answer is No. You’ll also hear cheers of encouragement from other people in class during the workout. And perhaps one of the coolest things you’ll witness, something you can’t find in a traditional gym, the last person to finish a workout will receive the loudest cheers.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t wait to start your new workout program until the beginning of the year, or until you get “in shape.” Start now, otherwise you’ll continue to put it off, and put it off some more, and then it’s going to be 2019 and you’re in the same situation you are now. We want you to start working towards your goals NOW, because as cliché as it sounds, there will never be a perfect time to start, so start today and start working towards your goals!

By: Christy Jeffery

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