Since February of this year, I have drastically changed my lifestyle. I've had great success with diet and some exercise and I'm ready to kick my fitness up a notch. I agree that CrossFit is the best way to achieve total fitness but I do have a concern:
Changes have occurred financially to where I will be able to afford a membership at our local box at the beginning of the year. Should I jump right in at the beginning of the year? Will I get lumped in with all of the New Year's resolutionists and not taken as seriously as I would be later? Is it a huge pain for gym owners and trainers to deal with these Resolutionaries? Do the longtime regulars resent these wide-eyed January Warriors and will they be more reluctant to help a newbie out?
I guess what I am trying to ask is: Will it be better to wait until most folks have given up their New Years Resolutions before I start this journey?
asked byHoosierTodd (287)
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on December 10, 2012
at 07:28 PM
Not a cross-fitter, but from a general gym stance:
Should I jump right in at the beginning of the year? -- Start ASAP. Some boxes and gyms have lengthy wait lists. If the box or gym doesn't than it's either (a) Crappy or (b) Accepting too many applicants and will be overly crowded. Both options suck
Will I get lumped in with all of the New Year's resolutionists and not taken as seriously as I would be later?; Is it a huge pain for gym owners and trainers to deal with these Resolutionaries? -- Crossfit is different than a regular gym. Typically there is a foundations course that you have to take where they teach you the lifts, form, etc. So you get lumped in with the next foundations course. It's not really a pain in the ass because of the foundations structure.
Do the longtime regulars resent these wide-eyed January Warriors and will they be more reluctant to help a newbie out? -- Resent? No, If you come in thinking you are going to be better than the regulars who have been training for 2+ years, or if you come in and refuse to listen to advice, or if you take up space, etc..... Then sure they will resent you. Not for being new, but for being an Asshat. Go in with an open mind and prove yourself through hard work and you will be part of the group.
on December 10, 2012
at 08:12 PM
I'd start as soon as you can. If there's a freebie day this month, show up. See if there's an on-ramp class or if you need lessons before joining regular classes. I don't know how many newbies show up in January, but research what it takes to start.
As a Crossfitter, I love seeing newbies. That is until they all get stronger and faster than me. Then I just pout at them. ;-)