“Once I get in a little better shape, I’ll come checkout CrossFit.” I hear this at least once a day. Of all the myths out there about CrossFit, in my mind, this one is the farthest from the truth.
While I think it is awesome for our sport that the CrossFit Games air on ESPN2, and that it has a ton of name recognition, I think it also hurts us at the same time. I know the first time I saw anything about it I was intimidatd and I had just finished running a marathon! Even being in decent shape it was just not something I thought I would be able to handle, or even like. Plus does anyone in real life look like the people in the CrossFit Games?
Years into it, I have found one important thing to be true. CrossFit is infinitely scalable. Whether you just ran 10 miles yesterday, or haven’t worked out in 10 years you can show up and get a great workout.
• Can those two participate be in the same class and both be challenged? Definitely.
• Will those people’s workouts look the same? Absolutely not, nor should they.
• Do we expect everyone to understand how to read a workout then scale it to their level on their own on day 1, week 1, month 1? Of course not. That is why we are here.
You don’t need to get in shape so that you can then get in shape. I know on paper it is a little easier to see the redundancy in that than it is to feel that way. A big part of what we do is work with people of ALL LEVELs to get you healthier and stronger to be able to face whatever it is that life might throw at you. Anytime someone who has had that mentality has joined, the next thing I hear is “I don’t know why I waited so long.”
Last week I had a great conversation with a new member. She’s a founding member, shares all the things on Facebook, she comes to all the events and just an awesomely supportive lady all around. She was holding off on actually coming to classes because she was worried about being judged. She knew she couldn’t do all of the movements and didn’t feel she was “In shape enough to CrossFit.” Admittedly I’ve walked into a few gyms, even after years of CrossFitting, and felt out of place or not at a high enough level. We work very hard to make sure that is not the culture we have in our gym. We know working out is hard, you shouldn’t have to be made to feel like a lesser person while you’re doing it!
Our On-Ramp program is designed to help transition all varieties of people into our regular classes, and take the edge off a bit. We walk through types of WODs (Workout Of the Day), Olympic Lifts and how to safely scale them, the gymnastics movements you’ll see, “What’s a Wallball Shot?” to name a few. After two weeks of learning the basics, regular class doesn’t seem so scary. After a month of regular class, you’ll wonder why you’re only a month in.
Change is scary, and we get that. We felt the same way once upon a time. We do all of the legwork for you so all you need to do is show up. Everyone’s journey looks different. We all have to start somewhere. The most important thing is that you start.
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.