If you’re struggling with your weight, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 40% of adults around the world have a similar problem. While obesity can make life an incredible struggle, the amazing thing is that at any moment of any day you can start the process to reverse it.
It doesn’t matter if you have gained weight suddenly or if it has crept on over several years, it is never too late to make a change, lose the weight and feel better about yourself.
While non-gym goers may see CrossFit as something for elite athletes, the truth is thousands of people use it to begin the weight loss process.
If you have never heard of this form of workout, CrossFit basically revolves around a range of functional movements which build muscle strength. This full-body workout also includes cardio exercises, weightlifting, and core conditioning.
What’s really exciting about CrossFit is that you join a team atmosphere and are supported as an individual. As the top trainers say, the last person to finish is just as important as the first one during a session.
Curious about CrossFit? Here’s how to get started if major weight loss is your main goal.
Learn From CrossFit Induction Sessions
When you join our gym (or ‘box’, as we like to call it) and sign up for an introductory session, we will walk you through the facility and show you how things work. We will then explain the basic movements used in our classes before you start with a mini workout. Don’t worry – it’s not our goal to ‘break’ you on the first session. Instead, we aim to challenge you a little and leave you feeling excited to come back.
Seek The Help of a Professional CrossFit Trainer
Our CrossFit trainers need to have at least a Level 1 certification before teaching classes at our gym. They also specialise in certain aspects of CrossFit such as gymnastics and powerlifting.
Often, our coaches have other certifications from accredited organisations. They are well-equipped to guide you and have trained many people in your exact situation so put your trust in your trainer and don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Having a coach helps keep you motivated and accountable. Starting out this way can help you achieve results faster. Once those first 20 lbs melt off (and believe us, it’s going to happen FAST), you’ll be excited to see how much further you can go.
Don’t Skip the Warm-Ups and Cool Downs
When you first start out at the CrossFit box, it is important to pace yourself.
Warm-ups get your blood flowing to the muscles in your body. This will prevent strains and muscle tears which will put you back to square one. These warm-ups will also help you build endurance and expand your range of motion.
Cool-downs are equally important as they help decrease post-workout soreness. This can include gentle stretching and massage with a fitness roller. Both are necessary to avoid injuries and other complications in your workout.
Progress Your Routine Gradually
When kicking off CrossFit for weight loss, it may help to start with movements which don’t require full body effort. Work separate muscle groups through squats, bench press, and lunges. When doing the lifts, don’t rush to the heaviest weights immediately. We have members who start weight training with a broom handle. Before too long, even they are amazed at what they have accomplished.
Don’t be discouraged if you struggle to master specific movements in the early days. Our coaches will help you to get there. Have a chat with other members about how they found things in the beginning. You’ll find even the top performers worked their way up from a similar starting point as you did.
Complement Your Workout with Proper Diet
When you start working out, you absolutely need the right fuel for the best results. Instead of reaching for processed food items, look for proteins, vegetables, and fruits. Drink lots of water, cut down on the carbohydrates, salts, and sugars and choose ‘lean’ and ‘fresh’ as much as possible. Before too long, you’ll find you are craving these types of foods instead of junky alternatives.
Every weight loss journey has to begin somewhere. As the saying goes, “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” CrossFit has been that starting point for so many people… why not join them and discover for yourself how quickly it can change your life?