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A Beginner’s Perspective by Warrington Parker - CrossFit Journal

A Beginner’s Perspective

By Warrington Parker

In Basics

January 20, 2012

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Warrington Parker offers affiliate owners and coaches tips on how to keep athletes coming back.

A little more than two years ago, I attended my first CrossFit class. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My friend, who suggested I go, called it “bootcamp.” He said he loved it because it lasted an hour, there was some stretching, and the workouts were short. That’s all I knew about CrossFit. Nothing more.

I also knew I needed some form of exercise badly. I was 44 years old. I had played rugby until I was 41. I had barely exercised between the ages of 41 and 44. I had gained enough weight—well, a lot of weight—so I could no longer run without pain. From rugby, my back was so stiff I could barely bend over to pick up things. I felt old. I felt stuck. No team sports. Lifting weights alone would not fix things, and running any long distance was out of the question.

Today, I find myself thinking about what it was like as a CrossFit beginner and what made me come back time and again. In this article, I share those thoughts in hopes that a view from a “consumer” will help affiliate owners, coaches and other beginners.

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10 Comments on “A Beginner’s Perspective”


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What a great article! Thank you.


Dan MacDougald wrote …

Great article. Hang in there old prop!


wrote …

Great article...I started 2 months ago and your words ring true. The good thing is that it is completely addicting!!!


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Great thoughts! Thanks.


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Thanks for sharing. After 25 years of inactivity, I began crossfit 2 years ago. At 50, I look forward to a day that starts with a WOD. I look at the new members coming out of the beginners class and recall that not so long ago I was in the same spot and a member took the time to encourage and cheer me on until I was finished. The Crossfit community is a family of itself.

Keep up the work.


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My first day experience was not a good one, but I didn't give up... I started cross fitting 4 months ago at the age of sixty. I had been inactive for 20 years. Diabetes was diagnosed 5 years ago and now I needed to find a way to get in shape. This sport has challenged and humbled me. Thanks for the article. It was very encouraging,


wrote …

Great article, it is always good to remember what it felt like to be starting out and how intimidating that was. Never thinking you could do a pullup, handstand pushup or anything overhead with weights. Cheers, your article centered me back into it.


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Great to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for sharing,


wrote …

Fantastic read!

Thank you


wrote …

Great article. Thanks for sharing, Warrington, and keep up the great work!

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