Week one sucked. Week two and three weren't a walk in the park (the park is free, and pleasant....and easy). Week four probably won't be much easier. And that's the idea, right?? I mean, if it's easy it's probably not worth it. In business I was taught that any worthwhile goal comes with it's fair share of obstacles. In my pursuit of personal records and regular Rx workouts, those obstacles are literal.
They say that things become habitual after three consistent weeks of doing them. That goes for good habits, as well as bad habits. So, three weeks into CrossFitting, and even as the challenge grows, so does the excitement and addiction. It's at the point now where missing a CrossFit session would make me feel worse than the workout itself.
Here's what I've learned so far:
1 - Don't quit. Push for YOUR best time, that's all YOU can control.
2 - It's all about form and technique. The best work outs done incorrectly won't help....in fact, it will hurt. Literally.
3 - Push yourself to get as close to Rx weight as possible. It's recommended for a reason. This step might not apply to everyone, but it's surprising how much progress you could/should be making in as little as 2-3 weeks.
4 - Warm up 15 minutes prior to the WOD. Stretching is an absolute must.
5 - Learn the WOD BEFORE you get to the gym. It saves a lot of time.
6 - Trust the trainer
7 - Invest in a good...no, GREAT heating pad. Don't know about you, but I'm wearing mine out!
8 - Get familiar with the most unfamiliar exercises before class, and during open gym.
9 - Get to know other CrossFitters, there will be moments when they are your only proof that the workout can actually be completed.
10 - One bottle of water is NOT enough.....bring a back up.
What lessons should I heed for the days, weeks, and months to come?? Would love to hear your feedback! Off to spoon with the massage chair......