CrossFit Nerves and How to Shake ‘Em Off

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It’s no secret that in the exercise world, CrossFit is the gladiator of all workouts. And while its intensity could be intimidating, stop your thoughts right there. The benefits of overcoming those fears far exceed your insecurities. Expect something more than physical changes. Once they’ve crossed the threshold of nerves, you will find yourself with more:

  • Confidence
  • Strength & Endurance
  • Mental Clarity
  • Strong sense of community
  • Motivation
  • Unexpected friendships 
  • Satisfaction
  • Long Term Health

Still nervous to step into a CrossFit gym? Consider these points.

#1: Embrace the fear. 

Whether you are a gym pro or novice, some fear is normal when starting anything new. The trick is not letting that nervousness immobilize you. I remember my first time in a CrossFit gym, so anxious that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I kept thinking: 

“Everyone is already so strong…”

“I’m not going to be able to keep up…”

“I’m not at their level…”

“I don’t think I fit in…”

 

Sound about right? It took me some time to cope with these annoying little anxieties. But I found that really, it’s quite simple…

Intimidation is your body’s natural response to a challenge. But instead of honing into the fear, push against it. Push right on through it the same way you would any rep. 

Normalize that fear and remember that every person in that room survived their first workout. The hardest part is getting started, and once you’ve done that, the rest will follow. 

#2: Image is just in your imagination.

Please let go of any image you think you need to look like to be a part of the CrossFit community. Fellas, you don’t need to look like an Adonis. Keep in mind ladies: don’t let the media tell you what you should look like coming in, or what you must look like as a result of CrossFit. 

You don’t need to already have the abs, the legs, the arms, the butt–to begin. CrossFit is for all ages, genders, abilities, professions, athletic background,  astrological signswhoever!  

 

“(Crossfit)…is designed for universal scalability,

making it the perfect application 

for any committed individual

regardless of experience.”  

CrossFit.com

Remember that no workout is the same. Embrace the fact that nobody (and no body) has the same strength. So your workout is tailored to your current fitness level. Everyone has different goals but you will be bonded by the fitness journey. Get encouraged to ask other CrossFitters for help or support. 

The beautiful part of this program is that you control how much (or how little) effort you want to put forth to reach your goals. So come as you are. 

#3. Work those thoughts as much–if not more–than your body.

Staying positive is a mental exercise that is just as important as all else. Your positivity and focus take practice and consistency to get stronger, much like a workout. Start by changing the way you think. Hesitant? Fearful? Uncertain? Lazy? 

 

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse.”

                     -Motivated people

 

  • Strive for mental dedication
  • Carve out space to meditate before each workout
  • Remind yourself why you want this
  • Write down your fitness goals and look at them daily
  • Make each workout a fun challenge; see if you can top yourself week after week
  • Laugh
  • Stay focused
  • Listen to your body
  • Respond with nutrients and rest when needed
  • Block out others’ (negative) opinions
  • Heck, block out your own adverse thoughts!
  • Work your mind as hard as your body

Soon you’ll find your physical and emotional health improving quickly, with fellow CrossFitters cheering you on along the way. 

CrossFit PTV would love to support on your journey! Let us know about your experiences, comments or questions here

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