-by Daniel Billinkoff

The first six months of CrossFit are the hardest. If you make it through that, you’re good. There’s the self doubt, the seemingly unending terminology (what the hell’s a Single Leg RDL??) and the DOMS. Yes, the DOMS. Trust me, though: it gets easier. And hopefully this list will help.

Here are 7 tips to help you survive your first six months of CrossFit:   

1) Your Best is Enough. We aren’t looking for mastery, we’re looking for effort. Be coachable. Watch, listen and try your best. Accept the high fives around you and if people tell you that you’re doing awesome, trust them.

2) Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day. It wasn’t built in a day, but it was built every day (so they say). Eat well, sleep, drink water, drink green tea, stretch. Most importantly, keep showing up. Consistency is everything.

3) Put Fitness at the Top Of Your Priority List. Your health and fitness is the realest thing you have. It’s also the best investment of time and money you can make. $30-40 a week for health, strength, endurance, toughness, confidence and longevity? That’s a freaking deal right there.

4) Be Motivated. Be Inspired. Commit. Do it for your friends, your family and yourself. Trust the process, set BIG goals and think beyond aesthetics. This will make more sense in a few months when your mind is blown by all the new things you can do.

5) Don’t Let People Talk You Down. Don’t let people tell you that you’re already skinny so you don’t have to workout. Or that healthy eating is a fad diet. Health, nutrition and fitness are extremely personal. People will doubt, judge, criticize and question you. Prove them wrong.

6) It Doesn’t Get Easier, But It Will Suck Less. After one month you will feel stronger and more coordinated. After six you’ll feel like a new person. And then you’ll really start building momentum. If you make it through six months of the CrossFit ringer, it’s all uphill from there.

7) Smile. Laugh. Have Fun. Most importantly, if nothing else: have fun. Make it the best hour of your day. Pretend it’s gym class 2.0. Leave your ego at the door and just enjoy it. If you do that, you’re set.

To all CFW Members: if you have any other advice, let me know. Email info@crossfitwinnipeg.com or let me know in person. I’m all ears!

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