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Can You Do CrossFit if You’re Not Fit?

People often ask if they can do CrossFit if they’re not fit, to begin with, or have little experience with fitness. The answer: Yes! Anyone can do CrossFit. In a one-on-one setting, coaches use CrossFit principles to create the perfect workout for a client. Each session is designed to challenge the client at the right level and move the individual closer to their goals.

In a group setting, the workout for the class is modified to suit the needs of each participant. In “CrossFit language,” modifying a general workout in a group session is called “scaling.” 

For example, imagine a workout like this: 

3 rounds of:

20 barbell squats

Run 1 mile

That’s tough! But what if we adjusted it for a beginner who hasn’t worked out very much in the past? 

It might look like this:

3 rounds of:

5 body-weight squats

Jog or walk 100 meters

Our coaches are experts at modifying workouts for clients. And we can provide hundreds of examples of how we’ve done it in the past.

Here’s something to remember: You don’t have to be fit to start training. Training is the thing that makes you fit. It’s like swimming lessons: You don’t learn to swim before taking lessons. You take lessons to learn.

Maybe you’ve seen top athletes competing at the CrossFit Games. They’re incredible, and for them, CrossFit is a sport, and sometimes their full-time job. 

At our gym, however, CrossFit is just a method we use to help people lose weight or body fat or gain strength—or accomplish any other goal (like getting fit for a specific hike or obstacle course race). CrossFit training is based on the principle of “functional fitness,” which means the strength you gain at Prowess is the kind of strength that will make the rest of your life easier (imagine being able to carry all your groceries in one trip!)

With new clients, we always find out what they want to accomplish first, and then we put together a plan. If you haven’t worked out much in the past, or you’ve taken a long break, we can adjust your plan accordingly. We will help you track your progress, too. 

We know this process works. We’ve had beginners become very fit, we’ve had older clients become fitter than they were when they were younger, and we’ve had people lose impressive amounts of weight and body fat. It’s amazing to watch them progress, and we celebrate every single achievement with them.

Let us assure you that you can do CrossFit if you’re currently out of shape. The key is working with a qualified professional who can create workouts that are perfect for you and your goals. We don’t promise it will be easy, but if you let it, the process will change you inside and out. 

The best part: Your journey won’t start with a workout. It will start with a conversation. That means you’ll get to tell your story, talk about your goals and ask questions. If you’re unsure about anything, we’ll take the time to make you feel totally comfortable. 
We’d love to use CrossFit to help you get fit. To meet with a coach and create the perfect plan for success, book a free consultation here!

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