'I'm not fit enough....I could never do that...CrossFit is too hard for me...I need to get in shape before I start CrossFit.'
We regularly hear these statements in conversations about CrossFit. Not just from those who have never participated, but also from former CrossFitters who feel they aren't fit enough to return.
Needless to say, all are absolutely and unequivocally false.
There is and never will be a minimum standard of fitness before you can either start or return to CrossFit.
CrossFit IS how you get in shape.
The fittest & rippest ( is that even a word?) fire-breathers on earth who contest the sport of CrossFit probably don't help this perception, as like Oran Johnston, they love to get their shirts off at every opportunity.
But the CrossFit Games athletes aren't the soul of CrossFit. CrossFit is about everyday people finding a way to move their bodies, increase their fitness and ENJOY the experience.
Our version of CrossFit is more about quality than competition. The quality of your movement, the quality of your experience and the quality of your life.
Don’t get us wrong, we still include competitive elements that we use to bring out the best of you, but your ability to come back to class tomorrow and continue getting healthier is much more important than a one-time workout performance. And our balanced programming reflects this.
Regardless, no amount of being “in shape” will ever change the challenge of the workouts. The workouts are always tailored to where you are at, regardless of fitness level.
We don't make you fit the workout, we make the workout fit you.
Coaches might change the movements in a workout, or they might change its length. They might ask an athlete to lift more or less weight. They might even ask an athlete to move faster or slower.
This process is often referred to as 'scaling’.
Every single CrossFit workout can be 'scaled' so every single person can do a version of that workout. Our skilled CrossFit Coaches quickly make these adjustments for clients in every class.
This is how we have experienced CrossFitters and first-timers training side by side, both being challenged, both having a laugh and both getting healthier at the same time.
This is true whether the person is 5 or 65, lean or overweight, healthy, sick or injured.
Everyone gets the same medicine, but each individual dose is different.
So, do you have to be fit and healthy to start CrossFit?
No, anyone and everyone is able to do CrossFit. Let’s keep giving our coaches work to do.
Ok, hands up, that was clickbait. CrossFit is hard but we make it just hard ENOUGH for you.
We know there is a lot of misinformation out there about CrossFit, ‘You need to be super fit’, ‘No Pain, No Gain’ etc but that isn’t how we roll in CrossFit Anam.
Yes, often your workouts will be hard and sometimes they should be VERY hard. Occasionally they may even look impossible until you show up and realise that your version of the workout is the ideal intensity for you.
But sometimes they should also feel easy and you should feel ready for more.
That’s not by accident. We believe every workout should stimulate an adaptation and we reflect this within our balanced programming. Many of the physical benefits we seek will be achieved with sub maximal efforts repeated regularly over time. We don’t believe every workout should be murder - that will eventually lead to physical and mental burnout and perhaps even injury.
CrossFit is actually quite simple. You know what time to show up to class and you are told exactly what to do to get the maximum benefit for your time. You also push a lot harder than you would on your own because you are working out with a group of like minded people who are all good craic…..well most of them....!!
The hardest part is showing up. We will take care of the rest.