Is it just us or is no one mildly into CrossFit? The people who love CrossFit really love CrossFit... and the rest of the world seems to think the "sport of fitness" is basically out to kill them. While it certainly can be dangerous, it can also be an efficient and powerful addition to an otherwise varied exercise routine, depending on your particular fitness goals. But the intimidating nature of the most hardcore fans might keep you from knowing so.
To help take the intimidation factor down a notch, we spoke to Hollis Molloy, coach and owner at CrossFit Santa Cruz, and Austin Malleolo, head coach at Reebok CrossFit One in Boston, to get the details on what to expect at your first workout.
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It Won't Be Intense Right Off the Bat
When you hear about injuries due to CrossFit, at least some of the danger is a result of newbies doing too much, too soon, says Molloy. He says intensity should be the last thing on your mind at your first workout. "Most gyms focus on the fundamentals and the mechanics of the movements before we introduce any of the intensity," he says.
Every gym is a little different when it comes to the specific structure of those first few introductory classes, but no coach is waiting for a beginner to show up so he or she "can cripple you," he says. If you're timid about getting started, it's okay to take it slow. "Do about 50 percent of what we tell the rest of the class to do," he says. "I want you to come back tomorrow."
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