How to Come Back to CrossFit

Originally Posted in the Crossfit Journal

If you used to do CrossFit but stopped, I’d like to invite you to come back.

I know working out is challenging. It’s difficult to find time and motivation. Life is busy, and it’s easier to crack a cold one on the couch than work out. I do it sometimes, and I own a gym.

I also know the workouts are hard, and if I’m being honest, I might as well tell you they never get easier. But never mind that. Sometimes medicine burns.

CrossFit trainers in your town or city want another chance to work with you, and we’re certain we can make your life better. We won’t judge you for stopping. Not at all. We know it's very tough to break old habits and create new ones. We just want another shot at helping you.

Do us a favor: Ask yourself why you stopped coming, then tell the owner of the gym you were at. If the gym fell short in some way, be specific. Good business owners want to know what they can do better. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we’ll act on it. If a certain gym just didn't feel right, try another. Each of our affiliates has its own approach, and I know you'll find a gym that's right for you. Visit a bunch. Trust me: You'll know when you find the right one.

If the issue was on your end, the owner will want to know what you need to find success this time around. Don’t be shy. Tell him or her. Be honest and direct.

“I get scared when I see the workout on the website.”

“I don’t know anyone.”

“I’m too shy to ask questions.”

“I can’t do any of the workouts as prescribed.”

“I’m embarrassed because I feel like everyone is looking at me.”

Let it out and ask for help. You’ll get it.

These guys miss you. (Nerijus Dusevicius/CrossFit Journal)

As CrossFit trainers, we see unbelievable changes regularly. We’ve seen elderly people become fitter than they were at 40. We’ve seen huge amounts of fat vanish. We’ve seen dramatic, measureable improvements in strength and conditioning. We’ve seen reductions in disease symptoms. We’ve seen improved self-confidence. We’ve seen lots and lots of smiles, too.

We know without a doubt that the CrossFit program can help you. But we don’t know exactly how to help you get to the gym. If you don’t tell us, we’re going to guess.

Our gyms have all kinds of creative systems to prevent clients from quitting a life-changing program, and CrossFit trainers do their best to engage every client and supply extra motivation to those who need it. I’ve heard of coaches who show up at members’ houses, coaches who send letters online or by post, coaches who create programs that can be done anywhere, coaches who assign workout buddies, and so on.

But we can do better. We can be more specific if you tell us exactly what you need.

Our trainers are ready to inspire you. Tell them what you need to thrive, and you'll get it. (Jared Blais)

So try this: Make an appointment to talk to a CrossFit coach. Not an appointment to work out. Tell the coach about your goals and why you have trouble getting to the gym. Ask the coach how he or she can help you get past your challenges.

Maybe you need personal training instead of group classes—or vice versa. Maybe you need nutrition counseling. Maybe you need to be introduced to five members who will text you to let you know they’re heading to the gym. Maybe you need a program with a few workouts you can do at home after the kids are in bed.

You get the idea. CrossFit trainers will help you solve your problems. You are most definitely not on your own—unless you choose to be on your own. But don’t. If you want to be healthier, click one of these links:

CrossFit Affiliate Map

CrossFit Trainer Directory

It will probably take about 15 minutes to talk everything out with a trainer, and suddenly you’ll be on track again—with a long-term plan and backup.

Do it today: Contact a CrossFit trainer and tell him or her what you need. We want to help, and we're waiting for your call.

About the Author: Mike Warkentin is the managing editor of the CrossFit Journal and the founder of CrossFit 204.

Holiday Throwdown November 17th!

Heat Times

First 4 Wods 45 min cap

8:45 - 9:30 “1st Heat Teams”

Aroo Crew

4:30 Happy Hour

Straight off the Couch

9:45 - 10:30 “2nd Heat Teams”

Squat and Gobble

Poopy Diaper Wipers

Benchmark Busters

Second 4 Wods 40 min cap

10:45 - 11:25

Aroo Crew

4:30 Happy Hour

Straight off the Couch

11:40- 12:20

Squat and Gobble

Poopy Diaper Wipers

Amy, David, Teresa, Scott

Final Wods 35 min cap

12:35 - 1:10

Aroo Crew

4:30 Happy Hour

Straight off the Couch

1:25 - 2:00

Squat and Gobble

Poopy Diaper Wipers

Amy, David, Teresa, Scott

1st Wods 45 min

"Helen"    3 Rounds  - Run 400 meters  - 21 Kb Swings - 12 Pull-ups

"Fran"  21-15- and 9 reps, for time of:  - 95/65 -pound Thruster - Pull-ups



1000 meter row  - 45 pound Thruster, 50 reps  - 30 pull-ups


"Nancy"5 rounds   - 400 meter run  - 15 Overhead Squats

Second Heat   40 min


5 Rounds  - 12 Deadlift  - 9 Hang power clean, -  6 Push jerk


135 pound Clean and Jerk, 30 reps


G.I. Jane

100 Burpee pull-ups


"Diane"  - 21-15-9  - Deadlift -  Handstand push-ups



Final Wods  35 min


150 Wallball shots,


"Nasty Girls"

3 Rounds  - 50 Squats   - 7 Muscle-ups - 10  Hang power cleans

( Standard scale = 21 pull ups or 10 jumping bar m.u)



21-15-9 reps  - Squat Clean  - Ring dips



For time:

30 Snatch



Register you team here!

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Who’s Really the Selfish One?

Who’s Really the Selfish One?

By Wes Piatt at Coast Range Crossfit


For the past seven years I’ve made my life coaching and helping others find health and wellness in one way or another.  As with any profession, over time you will come across the same problems.

About four years ago, I was coaching at my old gym, CrossFit Inferno, in my hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. One of our members pulled me aside after class and asked if I could help her with  something. She was having trouble finding the time to make it to the gym enough to feel like the membership was worth it.

We spent the next hour writing down her daily schedule from the moment she woke up until the moment she fell asleep. The disheartening thing was there really wasn’t much space in her schedule to make it to the gym more than twice a week. We all know that while twice a week is better than zero, it’s not going to get anybody the results they want or need.

After another hour of rescheduling, we came up with a plan that would allow her to get into the gym three days a week. Still not ideal, and she would really have to hustle to make it work, but better than what she was doing now. I hugged her, told her I would be checking in to make sure she was holding up her end of the bargain and to let me know if she needed any other help.

That member made it two weeks coming three times a week, then eventually went right back to her two, one, or not at all some weeks. When I saw her a few months later I asked her how the schedule was working out for her (knowing already she hadn’t been coming like we talked about). With her head down, she said something that stuck with me and really shifted the way I think. She said, “I just can’t be selfish and put the gym before my family.”  Continue Here

Overnight Oats

We like easy, this took 5 minutes to make and we will have breakfast ready to go when we get up. Next time ill get a better picture. This is how we make them, basically you just soak your oatmeal overnight. :)


1 cup oats

1 Scoop Chocolate Whey Protien

Alomond Milk (unsweetened of course)

(I now prefer Raw Milk)

teaspoon of chia seeds

teaspoon of nut butter

Sprinkle of Ciniamon

and stir, then refrigerate overnight. 

also easy to add

-mashed bannanas


-chia seeds are not nessasary

-Protein not nessasary

Getting Started

Here are a few links we like for advice on getting started. We also hand out some rules and tips at the gym. Here are some of the most important things from our experience.

-Listen to your coaches, they have your best interest in mind and have helped many new athletes before. Sometimes we need to push you to do a little more and sometimes we need to hold you back a little. When starting out we want to slowly increase the amount of work you do over time. This will keep you from getting overly sore and it will prevent over-use injuries.

-Build a good foundation for your fitness house. We have progressions and we like certain scaling techniques for a reason. Some are even better for some athletes than others, we are all different with different posture, and different strengths and weaknesses. Skipping important steps can be dangerous, you need fitness walls before the windows.

-Take it one day/ workout at a time. Some days will be amazing, and you will celebrate, some days will be tough. Don't get down on yourself. Always stay positive. A tough day at the gym will be better for your fitness than a day on the couch. Always be looking for your next little victory to keep you coming back.

-Focus on the little victories and celebrate them! It’s amazing to be able to do something you couldn’t before! Putting in the work required to accomplish a goal feels great! Work towards doing a pull up with a smaller band or reaching full depth on a squat, or finally getting that 800m run with out stopping, what ever it is, have a performance goal. Working towards the next little goal will keep you improving until after a while you looking great in the mirror, you are feeling better and you have made a bunch of new CrossFit friends.


-Have Fun!




Here are some links we like for more starting CrossFit education.


The Ultimate Guide to CrossFit Lingo


CrossFit Terms


17 Bits of Advice for CrossFit Beginers


A Beginers Guide to CrossFit


 "I am the type of person that__________"

 "I am the type of person that__________"

This is a idea I picked up recently from a podcast or audio book that I have been thinking about. I believe positive self talk goes a long way towards becoming successful towards your goals, what ever they may be.  If you tell yourself that I am the type of person that does something in certain situations, you have decided in advance and you don't  have to consider another option that will take yourself in the wrong direction. What type of person do you want to be? Here are a few ways to finish the sentence above I want to keep telling myself.

loves and takes care of my family

does what I expect of myself even when no one is watching.

finishes the last round of a work out or end of a amrap with everything I have.

works hard to become stronger and move better.

stays away from sweets in social situations.

is always learning.

watches educational t.v. instead of crap.

is always working to improve my self and those around me.


When we lift weights we break down muscle, when we recover our body adapts and rebuilds it stronger than it was before to be able to withstand the load we put on it. If we don't recover properly we don't give our bodies a chance to rebuild and be better than before. Over time if we continue to put a load on our muscles, recover, rebuild we continue to get stronger and more fit. The better we are at recovering the more we can workout and we can improve our fitness faster and get more fit overall. Here are some ways to help your body recover faster and some brief ways they work.


  • Food is fuel for performance and building blocks for recovery. You must eat enough, but quality and balance are very important. 
  • Protein is used to build muscle. Carbs replenish glycogen in your muscles. Quality Fats have Essential Fatty Acids that help in recovery of joints and the building of bones. 
  • Supplements like fish oil and whey protein can help recovery but they won't do much if the rest of your diet is bad. 


  • Muscle is repaired during sleep. 
  • 8-10 hours of quality sleep is best for optimum recovery. 
  • In deep sleep the body will produce HGH

Sports Massage, See a Chiropractor, Yoga, Muscle Stimulation, Romwod, Lacrosse ball work, Foam Rolling, Cupping, Cryotherapy, 

  • Professional body work is the most effective. 
  • Foam rolling can be done to relieve soreness and work out knots causing tight muscles.  Foam Rolling should be focused on overactive muscles to help restore muscle balance during movement. 


  • The recovery and muscle building processes is much slower with out adequate hydration, it is needed to carry nutrients to your muscles
  • If your dehydrated your body can cramp up or even break down muscle tissue.