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Coach’s Corner: A Guide for the First Time Competitor


As coaches, we often get asked about competitions from members who have been doing CrossFit for about 6 months to a year.  Usually it’s members of the community who have been crushing most class workouts and getting some serious PRs.  For others, itis because they used to be a competitive athlete and its in their

As coaches, we often get asked about competitions from members who have been doing CrossFit for about 6 months to a year.  Usually it’s members of the community who have been crushing most class workouts and getting some serious PRs.  For others, itis because they used to be a competitive athlete and its in their DNA.

Joe qualifying last week for the 2017 American Open Masters Division!

So in short the answer is “yes:” definitely sign up for a local competition!  Now you may feel like you are not “good enough” to win but really it’s about much more than that.  You get to test your skills against people that you usually do not workout with and experience the CrossFit community outside of your gym.  Furthermore, you may end up doing something that you didn’t think you could!  (i.e. a PR lift or the elusive Muscle Up!)

“But what if I don’t do well or I cannot do one of the movements during the competition?”

When it comes to that, it really depends on what you have set your mind to do.  For example: did you sign up for a competition to win?  With the first question, I do not think that you should ever go into a competition with the only mindset that you are going to win.  There will always be unforeseeable factors so you just never know so make sure that you prepare for setbacks.

What if there’s something in the workout I cannot do?

Most competitions now usually post the workouts at least 2-3 weeks ahead of time so it’s good that competitors have time to practice.  If there is something that does come up in the last minute then you will have to give it a try regardless, so just go for it and enjoy the experience!  There are also many competitions now where they set a minimum skill level so make sure you read that before signing up.

Lastly, most of us started CrossFit to get in shape so being able to compete and practice your fitness in any competition is just icing on the cake!  So make sure that you have fun and if you are feeling good, go set some PRs!

 

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Coach Joe Ling

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