Jun 4

7 Ways For Beginners To Succeed At CrossFit

Written by Travis | posted in CrossFit | 9 Comments



There are more than 7 ways to succeed at CrossFit, but these are my top 7 ways for beginners to succeed.

1.  Become A Fundamental Movement Specialist

The exercises that comprise the fundamental movements are paramount to your success with CrossFit. I’m talking everything from the 9 fundamental movements to how to do pushups, kettle bell swings, even box jumps, etc. Becoming a fundamental movement expert means you’ll be doing the exercises properly, and most of all, safely.

2.  Start With No Weight.

Add weight only after you’ve fully grasped the fundamental movements. Keep the PVC pipe or dowel in your hands until you have the basics of the movements locked down, and then incrementally add weight in small amounts. Many people add weight too fast, gets discouraged, quits CrossFit, or worse, they hurt themselves.

3.  Watch CrossFit Videos

Watch videos of CrossFitters performing the movements. I recommend watching the videos on CrossFit.com. CrossFit.com has a vault of demo videos for nearly every exercise. Watch the videos, re-watch them, then re-watch them, and watch them again. The videos will give a visual reference for the exercises, and they get you jazzed before a WOD. One note of caution about videos: Some videos make the movements look easy, but understand there is more than meets the eye. But, since you’re working toward becoming a fundamental movement expert, you already know that.

4.  Video Yourself

Videoing yourself performing the movements isn’t being conceited if you’re trying to correct your form (If you want to be showy, forget CrossFit, go to a Globo-gym and do arm curls in front of the mirror). While reviewing your video try not to get into paralyses by analysis. Pick one error and correct it.

5.  Subscribe To The CrossFit Journal

The journal is a must if you’re serious about CrossFit. It’s stuffed with both general and detailed information on the exercises, nutrition, all things CrossFit. You won’t regret it. Click here to subscribe.

6.  Read CrossFit Affiliate Blogs

CrossFit Affiliate blogs are a great source of information. Watch the videos, read the articles, and take the advice they post. It benefits you to get another coaches perspective on things. I guarantee if you read affiliates blogs, you’ll learn something.

7.  Join A CrossFit Box.

Sounds logical, right? If you’re in a location that has a CrossFit box, join it. Though many box gyms are popping up around the country, some areas still don’t have a CrossFit box to join. And if no CrossFit boxes exist in your area, schedule yourself for a Level 1 Trainer Course, and get affiliated! This one screams opportunity!


Travis is a functional fitness and healthy living junkie that lives in southern Louisiana. I run this blog to give you down-to-earth advice on achieving peak health through functional fitness and healthy living. You can follow me on Twitter or contact me here.

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  4. Joe says:

    Great tips, Travis! I’m still relatively new to Crossfit and videotaping my movements has really helped me keep clear of serious injury (especially on exercises I haven’t done in years like power cleans).

    Thanks for the other advice!

    • Travis says:


      Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for the comment!

      That’s awesome videoing yourself has helped you steer clear of injury. It changed my game too. Seeing my Oly lifts from a side angle helped me start to correct the little nuances I wasn’t aware of in the beginning.

      All the best,


  5. […] 7 ways for Beginners to succeed at Crossfit Posted: September 22, 2010 by Patty in Fitness 0 Here are some helpful tips for people who are just starting crossfit or are interested in joining crossfit but don’t know where to start.  Thanks to Mike for finding this article. You can also find this article on uncommonwellnes.com […]

  6. Coach KL says:

    Spot on Travis!

    Coach KL

    • Travis says:

      Thank you Coach KL, and I dig your site. Sharing it on Twitter and Facebook now.

      All the best,


  7. Eunice says:

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