- Don’t train your girlfriend / Never date your clients (it works the other way around too – don’t date your trainer)
- Do as much work as possible in the smallest amount of time possible. But you still have to do the work properly
- DO. YOUR. MOBILITY. It’s cool to be a supple leopard and it will improve your positions in your lifts
- If you’re doubting whether your squat is deep enough, you’re NOT deep enough.
- Crossfit slogans sound fun – the first three months
- Never stop squatting
- Make sure there’s a lot of room on your iPhone ’cause you’ll be making movies of yourself all the time (PS: please learn how to film yourself, or people around you will get seriously tired)
- Go easy on the CrossFit Uniform (limit merchandise items to 1 at a time + reconsider long socks and pony tails, unless you are one of the few out of a million who can really pull it off)
- Weightlifting shoes are cool, but remember they are made for weightlifting. Don’t wear them in workouts that don’t contain weightlifting exercises – and don’t wear them for max effort deadlifts (if you are uncertain about why, just google it).
- Online behavior: By now we all know Instagram, please limit use. Unless you are a Michelin-starred chef and share your recipes, we don’t care what you eat – please don’t photo document it every time you have an omelet! Go easy on the “what I did at the gym today” updates – get a blog and give people a choice.
Need to know:
“Board shorts are for the beach, five fingers are for the privacy of your own home and don’t listen to anyone who starts talking about “functional” training” – The Kyle
- Don’t cheat – it makes it harder to track progress and others don’t care about YOUR time ..
- Don’t complain about stuff you haven’t learned yet – it creates a bad atmosphere ! Stay positive and PUT IN THE HOURS
- Know when to scale – and be honest to yourself
- Reconsider scaling options if you have to use more than 1 powerband / thicker powerband than purple. It’s primarily a safety issue (you can get really stuck in those!), but also a style issue (picture hanging from the pull-up rack with your feet curled up in a powerband and the top of you butt exposed).
- Keep friends, hobbies and interests outside of CrossFit. You’ll be a more balanced person and more fun to hang around in the long run.
Is something missing from the list? Please share in comments!
/Sarah & Ditte