CrossFit Beginner: My First Experience

Fitness: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I have been involved in the health and fitness industry for nearly ten years now. That includes a variety of things, from owning a gym to managing various corporate gyms, to helping local gyms on the side grow their business. In that time, I have had the privilege to engage in a variety of exercises and experience some of the best workouts around. I started at 24 Hour Fitness, the corporate conglomerate of the fitness world, selling gym memberships and eventually managing sales teams. My workouts at 24 Hour Fitness consisted of the typical “push and pull” exercises in the weight room and making use of those fancy machine weights. I didn’t add much variety and being a fitness enthusiast, I still became complacent and bored many times. I spent months and years going through fitness routines I didn’t like and eventually gave up on many of them, due to lack of enthusiasm for the routines. Fast forward a few years (well, quite a few years) and I started a company called fitted. that specializes in giving people all access gym memberships to the best local gyms in their area.

During my time at various gyms, I have always heard about the negatives of CrossFit and stories about the cult, the excessive passion for Paleo diets, and something called a WOD (Workout Of the Day). I heard horror stories circulating on social media about injuries and the damage it does to one’s body. I was sold on these negative connotations revolving around CrossFit and people that have tried it. While I was working on growing the fitted. network, I decided it would be smart to offer CrossFit to those that had a passion for it. I added CrossFit Newport Mesa and OCCF to the network and had some great conversations with the owners. It inspired me to find out what was true and what wasn’t true about the workout (or sport) they call CrossFit.


A CrossFit Beginner: My First Workout

I decided to take my first CrossFit class at CrossFit Newport Mesa. The owners insisted I do fundamental training classes, which I was definitely not opposed to because I wanted to see what it was like from the stand point of someone new to the workout. Fundamental classes ensured I was lifting and doing the workouts with proper form and technique, which contrary to popular belief, they actually do care about form and technique.

I woke up at 5am, trying to convince myself not to take class. I figured I would just hit a gym closer to me and lift weights on my own – like I typically do. I really didn’t want to go into a new environment that was somewhat intimidating and get embarrassed about the shape I was in, especially so early in the morning. I tossed and turned for 20 minutes, really trying to talk myself out of joining this “cult” at 6 am to workout, especially because I used to work out alone for years. Finally, I convinced myself that I needed to work out, I needed the extra motivation, and I needed to try something before I could say that it wasn’t for me. I made the drive to the CrossFit “box” and saw the facility was dark. Excitement rushed through me as I thought “I knew it wasn’t meant to be” and the universe doesn’t lie. I arrived a bit early, so I parked to wait a few moments before I went home and into my warm bed again. Just as I was thinking I dodged a bullet, the coach pulled up and opened up shop.

I proceeded to walk in with a few other early morning achievers and checked-in with the coach. He was very welcoming and walked me through a few basics of their facility. As members arrived, each of them shook my hand and introduced themselves to me, which I loved, because that made me feel welcome in their house. I was with three other first timers, and we all were walked through fundamentals of various exercises and were grouped off to the side so we could take a slower approach to the workout. After we had been taught the fundamentals of that day’s workout, we participated in the group WOD on a smaller scale, with the coaching keeping a very watchful eye on us.


My Post CrossFit Experience

After I completed the Workout Of the Day, I was beat. I thought I would blow through it with ease, based off my experience in fitness, but it trained me in a whole new way. Funny, I enjoyed the brutal exercise and variety of the workout they provided. I even ran, not far, but I did it. [Fun fact about me: I dislike running without an objective. I play basketball weekly, and since that has an objective, I don’t even realize I am running]. Everyone was congratulating me during and after the workout, and for my ability to get through it, even though I was one of the last people to complete the scaled down version. All that encouragement made me feel great; it made me want to come back for more and work out with the same positive people.

My muscles were sore, my body was fatigued and it felt great. I couldn’t stop talking about the experience I just had, and I couldn’t wait for the next fundamentals class. I eliminated those fears and myths of CrossFit in one day. I was afraid to push my body to its limit, I was scared everyone would look down on me for my lack of ability, I was afraid to be labeled, but I am so happy I pushed past all that fear and gave it a shot. I definitely look forward to writing more about my experiences with CrossFit and as the adventure unfolds. CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but you never know if CrossFit is for you unless you try it. I’m giving you permission to overcome those fears. I did and it wasn’t so bad.

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David Valentine
Been in the fitness world for nearly a decade and a fitness enthusiast for even longer. Unrelinquishing desire for adventure, with a goal to visit every country in the world. Love to chat about life and business philosophy, marketing and of course fitness. Life goal is to improve other people’s lives through fitness and lifestyle coaching. Follow my adventures on Instagram.

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