Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while is to put togther a rule or guidace pack for beginners. The lovely Stephanie started the ball rolling with some great observations, but im thinking that some of our “obvious rules” are not so obvious to new people, or those unfamiliar with our gym.
Obviously we need to link to articles about Rhabdo.
1) carry the bars upright
2) when putting bars away, make sure you don’t trap your fingers between the upper edges
3) the loo doors open outward so stay off the red area in front of the changing rooms, and dont open the doors aggressively
4) when running out of the gym, watch for idiots in cars who mount the pavement. perhaps pause and check.
5) kettlebell facing a wall
6) put any chalk you use, back in the bucket.
7) when using a band, make sure the box you are using gets you high enough to safely get into the band
The Phil Rolling Statement.
On one 0f our many chats, I remember Phil coming up with this statement ” Our standards are more important than your ego” . We didn’t use it because it sounded too aggressive. But as more and more people come into Crossfit we are confronted with potential athletes who have been sabotaged by the fitness industry . Some people believe that prancing around a dance studio or sitting in a machine is sufficient preparation for a crossfit session. Once a month, a personal trainer books in to our main class and cannot perform a deadlift, or a pull up, but still defines themselves as fit. The funny thing is a teeny pinch of humility, 7 hours on our beginners sessions, 7 to 12 foundation sessions could prepare you.
The goals of beginners.
At “proper” trainer school, you are taught to discover trainees goal. Guess what, when confronted by a personal trainer, most people say “get fitter” “loose weight” “tone up”. What we have found in Crossfit london is that most peoples initial goals are meaningless. Most dont realise what real fitness standards are. You need us to teach you some skills before you formulate proper goals.
What prepares you for Crossfit.
This is an interesting one: I’ve spent some time recently chatting to our faster members, and have tried to workout what prepares them for the Crossfit London experience. What I think we have discovered is that a history of being coached and taught a physical skill and /or some experience of competition.
In other words can you learn and accept feedback, or do you need to be told you are perfect. So, what else do you think prepared you for your early crossfit sessions
So, what else should we tell new people? Tell us below