You've probably seen "Open Gym" on the schedule at your local CrossFit gym but you're a little worried about going and doing a workout by yourself. You are not alone. While we think that group CrossFit classes are best for your athletic development, occasionally you may only have time to make it to a scheduled open gym. What do you do there? Who will be there? Will it be as scary as I think? I'll try to answer all those questions below.
First off, open gym times at most CrossFits are supervised but not necessarily coach led. Unlike a regular CrossFit class you'll be on your own to warm up and work out. So where do you start?
Congrats! Taking time to work on things you're not good at or making up workouts you missed says a lot about you and how seriously you're taking your fitness journey. Follow the steps above, get to as many classes as you can and there's not stopping you.
I'm sure you've heard of the anti-inflammatory effects of moringa and better digestion and clearer skin from apple cider vinegar. You've probably heard about the antioxidants available from acai and the nutrients packed into spirulina. I bet you've even seen on TV, in magazine articles and countless Facebook posts that these things can dramatically improve your health and wellness. I mean, celebrities swear by these "life hacks" and credit them for everything, from their beauty, to their success to their overall wellness, so it must be true.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but a lot of this is just hype. It's marketing. If you happen to like these foods, of course, go ahead and eat them but the reality is a healthy, balanced diet will give you the same benefits.
How are you spending your time when you're not eating goji berries and chia seeds? Are you drinking alcohol regularly? Are you not getting enough sleep? Do you have a consistent exercise routine? Do you take time to consciously improve your life?
If not, no amount of turmeric is going to change a thing.
Keep it simple. Try to follow an overall healthy diet as much as you can. Sleep 8+ hours a night. Work out with cool people. Once you check off all these boxes, then start to look at superfoods and supplements. Do the things you love in life and appreciate the fact that you're able to.
You ever get stuck in a rut with your fitness routine? We all have, but being a part of group fitness classes can help get you back on track and keep you there.
Unlike working out by yourself, where you put your headphones on, make up your own workout and don't interact with others, a group fitness class is led by a experienced trainer who knows to mix things up and keep them fun. No headphones are needed as you'll be chatting with other people during class and doing things you would have never thought of on your own. Plus working out with other people that want to get better is seriously motivating.
The list of advantages to group classes is long but I figured I'd share a few of my favorites below.
Group fitness classes can be a great alternative to what you're currently doing so give it a try when you have the chance. All you have to do is make the commitment to show up and we'll take care of the rest.
If you found any of this helpful or know someone who would like to make a change and start a workout program please contact us below. We love helping people become a better version of themselves.
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