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Today we're covering the CrossFit basics! How to get started, what is CrossFit, how to find a good affiliate and more.

So what exactly is CrossFit anyway?

CrossFit is form of exercise that uses ever-changing movements performed at high intensity. You can essentially do CrossFit anywhere but if it is your first time I would highly suggest heading to an affiliate or box for a CrossFit class.

What is an affiliate or box?

CrossFitters often use some crazy lingo that may be foreign to a non-CrossFitter.

Here are some of the most common terms:

Box/Affiliate: Essentially a CrossFit Gym

WOD: Workout of the Day

SWOD: Strength or Skill Workout of the day

AMRAP: As many rounds or reps as possible

EMOTM: Every minute on the minute

RX: As prescribed

What movements will I do in CrossFit?

Because CrossFit workouts are constantly varied you will see everything from endurance, to weight lifting, to gymnastics. Clean and jerks, box jumps, burpees, running, rowing, squats, pull ups, ring dips... the list goes on and on!

What should I expect from my first class?

Every box is different but the biggest piece of advice I can give is don't be nervous! The coaches will spend extra time helping you with movements and making sure you are doing things with proper form! Everything in CrossFit is scale-able so you will never be expected to do the same thing as someone who has been CrossFitting for a year on your first day. You may be working out with the class or it may be a separately run beginner or intro class - either way, do not worry, the coaches will take care of you.

What do you mean by scale-able?

Pretty much any movement in CrossFit can be scaled. A barbell movement can be done with essentially no weight using a PVC pipe, pull-ups can be assisted by bands, push ups can happen on your knees or not be full range of motion, you can jump on a shorter box instead of the ...    Continue

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