If I simply answered this question with a ‘no’ would you be convinced? Probably not, so let’s look at three reasons why a resounding NO is the only answer to that question.
Everyone has a starting point, and yours will be different to just about anyone else’s. When I started CrossFit I couldn’t run for 50 metres without needing to stop. In fact, I walked 50 metres faster than I could run it. Truly. Whether you can run for a solid 5km or you have to walk after 10 seconds: your starting point is valid and able to be improved. All it takes from you is a bit of hard work and dedication.
- Everything can be scaled.
What does that mean? It means that no matter what the workout is, it can be changed to suit your current level of ability. If the WOD (workout of the day) says you have to do 30 box jumps and you aren’t in a place to be able to do that yet, that’s fine. Your coach will give you the option to step up instead of jumping. Can’t step up that high? No problem. Stack some plates and step up on those. There will always be an activity you can do.
- Your only competition is You.
Really. The person next to you is too busy on their own workout to worry about whether they’ve done more or less than you. Keep a record of your workouts. You will be surprised by how quickly you improve. Last week you were using 8kg kettlebells; next week it’ll be 12kgs. You’ll skip for longer, row farther, and do more burpees than you ever wanted to do in your life. The ego has no place in a CrossFit box so leave it behind before walking through the door.
CrossFit can be intimidating. We watch videos on YouTube of incredible athletes performing mind blowing feats. What we don’t see is that those athletes are the minority. In most CrossFit boxes you’ll find average people – just like you – who are aiming to get fit, strong, and healthier…just like you. Will it hurt? Yeah, probably. But your body will get used to it. You’ll feel better. Moving will be easier. Improvement will happen more rapidly than you imagined. And you’ll probably make some pretty cool friends along the way. So what are you waiting for? Bring your smile and your starting point and come say hi.