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 are looking great in the mirror, you are feeling better and you have made a bunch of new CrossFit friends.
Here are some links we like for more starting CrossFit education.