CrossFit is popular for a reason. The combination of community, fitness, and getting in the best shape of your life is hard to beat. If you’re new to CrossFit in West Los Angeles, you may be tempted to dive right in and to start trying for PRs (Personal Records) right away. Keep these tips in mind instead, and you’ll get the most from your CrossFit class:
Be Consistent: Whether you decide to attend class twice a week or four times a week, it’s important to be consistent. Only take time off if you are ill or if outside circumstances make it impossible to get to class. Your fitness level will increase in proportion to how often you train, so consistency is key.
Get Plenty of Sleep: Your body derives the most benefit from training when it's at rest, so get plenty of sleep. Give your body every opportunity to rest and repair itself. It’s a good idea to pass up a late night out if you have class the next day. Make sleep a priority, and you'll notice the difference in your performance.
Eat Well: The foods you eat directly impact your workout. A poor diet can lead to fatigue, impaired performance and recovery, and reduced immune function. Fuel your body for your workouts and avoid processed foods and sugar. Your CrossFit coach is also a great resource for nutrition tips based on your fitness goals.
Connect: Each CrossFit class is a community unto itself. You’ll support one another, and push each other on days when motivation seems to have gone out the window. If you’re new to CrossFit, be sure to introduce yourself to your coach and your classmates. You’ll create lasting friendships and enjoy a built-in support system.
Be Realistic: Reaching your fitness goals—whether you want to get leaner or gain muscle—will take time. If you’ve been sedentary or if you’re recovering from illness or injury, start off easy. Increase your weight load only when it is safe to do so, and don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself with your classmates.
Give your body a chance to adjust to your new routine. Talk with your coach regarding your fitness goals and how you can safely reach them. Your body will thank you!
Focus On Technique: By learning good technique from the start, you’ll develop good habits and reduce your chance of injury. Your coach will be an excellent resource for learning and maintaining proper technique, whether you’re cranking out pull-ups or mastering the clean.
CrossFit is a great way to get in shape, make lasting friendships, and test your limits. As with any exercise program, consistency, sound lifestyle habits and realistic goal-setting will be the keys to your success.
If you live in West Los Angeles or Santa Monica, we’d love to be your CrossFit home. You’ll reach your fitness goals, make new friends, and become part of a worldwide fitness community. Get in touch with us today to get started.
Adam & Amanda
We have spent most of our adult lives training and guiding thousands of people toward better health & fitness. We have created this A4 Blog in order to better educate our friends & members. We will answer any of your health / fitness / nutrition questions as well as keeping you posted on what's new at A4.