Step 1) Walking/Running
Statistics show that a majority of people looking to start a fitness regimen turn to walking and running as a way to begin living a more active life style. It’s an excellent way to get moving, potentially shed some pounds, and feel more confident, and is easily accessible. It’s exciting to sign up for that first 5k and work your way up to longer races and reach new distances and times you never thought were possible. Eventually, the novelty will wear off and the monotony will set in, and you will ultimately crave more.
Step 2) Gym Membership
Simply put, 24 hour gyms and health clubs are amazing. They have great hours that can fit any schedule, an extensive amount of equipment, access to personal trainers, and even luxuries like saunas, and coffee shops. While all of these amenities are great, its not always easy to know what to do when you walk through the doors. Even if you do have a plan of attack, its hard to hold yourself accountable. It’s nice to find a friend to go with you to help you stay on track and keep training consistent. This typically works for a few months, but you will eventually outgrow this method too, and seek out a group fitness class.
Step 3) Group Training
Everything is better when there are more people involved, especially fitness. Group classes are a great way to ensure you’re moving for a solid 30-60 minutes and getting a good sweat going. It’s nice to have a familiar group of friends and faces to keep you accountable and working hard. You will start to notice clothes are fitting differently, energy levels are rising, and you’re body is changing shape. But, there will inevitably come a point when you outgrow the instructor and want to truly test your fitness.
Step 4) CrossFit
Educated trainers, awesome people, daily programming, competition, accountability, results, nutrition guidance, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and biking all got married, and CrossFit was born.
Once you step foot into your first CrossFit class, no other routine or regimen will suffice. You might have to give up the sauna and coffee shop at your healthclub, but I promise it’s worth it. Stop delaying the inevitable and skip the first three steps, go to affiliatemap.crossfit.com and find your local box. I guarantee it will be the last membership you will ever sign up for.
*If you’re gym is not on the map, it is NOT a CrossFit Affiliate*