New to CrossFit and not sure where to begin? If so, then welcome. This series will address the primary concerns and focal points for a starting CrossFit athlete, orienting your use of resources throughout the entire CrossFit.com universe.
In this first part of A CrossFit Startup Guide, Todd Widman introduces some tools to focus your entry into CrossFit workouts and fitness in general. Gone are the promises of easy and comfortable results. The best CrossFitters educate themselves both about movement and fitness broadly, as well as about their own individual strengths and weaknesses.
Of course, the best way to begin CrossFit is with a great trainer who uses his or her vast experience to guide you through the various phases of your fitness quest. This series is not intended to equal that. It cannot. Instead, we recognize that not everyone has access to such a trainer, and this will help those folks get the most out of the vast resources available on CrossFit.com.
The place to start is the squat. A good air squat creates a great foundation for all functional movement. Several of the best resources on the site are referenced and explained, along with a couple benchmark questions to determine your readiness for regular CrossFit workouts, even scaled.
This article is less about how to do the movements and more about how to use the website to educate yourself and develop your fitness.