5 Training Blunders I Made as a Newbie: Learn From My Missteps
1. Poor technique and mechanics:
New CrossFitters often prioritize lifting heavier weights or completing more repetitions over maintaining proper technique and mechanics. This can lead to inefficiency in movements, slower progress, and a higher risk of injury. It’s crucial to prioritize learning the correct way from the beginning and consistently practice it.
Enthusiastic beginners may dive into CrossFit with full force, attending classes daily and pushing themselves too hard. Overtraining can lead to burnout, decreased performance, and increased injury risk. New CrossFitters should allow adequate rest and recovery, gradually increasing workout frequency and intensity over time.
3. Neglecting mobility and flexibility:
Many new CrossFitters focus solely on strength and conditioning while ignoring mobility and flexibility. Incorporating mobility work and stretching is essential to prevent injuries, increase range of motion, and enhance overall performance.
4. Comparing yourself to others:
CrossFit is a community-driven environment, and it’s natural to compare progress with others. However, new CrossFitters should remember that everyone’s fitness journey is different. Comparing yourself to others can lead to frustration. Instead, focus on your progress and celebrate your achievements.
5. Not scaling workouts:
CrossFit workouts are designed to be scalable, meaning they can be adjusted to accommodate different fitness levels and abilities. New CrossFitters may feel pressured to perform workouts as prescribed (Rx) instead of scaling them to their current capabilities. This can result in poor form, slower progress, and an increased risk of injury. It’s important to recognize personal limitations and scale workouts appropriately to ensure safe and effective training.
The good news is that I made all of these mistakes so you don’t have to!