Give Benchmark Workouts A Try
“One great idea is to learn all the CrossFit bodyweight benchmark workouts and do them regularly,” Hannah says. These workouts will put you to the test while giving you a good sense of your base fitness level. “These are all primarily bodyweight workouts that focus more on cardio and less on strength,” she explains.
Names like “Helen,” “Kelly,” and “Barbara” may not sound intimating, but don’t be fooled. Helen, for example, challenges you to complete three rounds of a 400-meter run, 21 kettlebell swings, and 12 pull-ups as quickly as possible.
Hannah recommends beginners start out with 2-3 CrossFit-style workouts a week. Advanced lifters can challenge themselves with 4-5 weekly workouts.
“Since many workouts are bodyweight focused, you can do them at a higher frequency,” she notes. “Still, always listen to your body, and rest if you need to.”
Approach Fitness As A Lifestyle
Hannah firmly believes CrossFit is a lifestyle. It isn’t something that occupies only 30-60 minutes per day. “It’s not a sport to dabble in; it’s an intense way of working out that demands you take into account your recovery and nutrition,” she says.