So you are new to CrossFit....

Many of you know this- By early morning and evening I am a CrossFit coach, by dayI'm a teacher. Throughout my 12 years of teaching I've learned a little about how people operate. I can tell my students the same thing 10 times and it doesn't sink in, or they will choose not to believe me, but a friend tells them the same thing once...Or god forbid a celebrity tweets the same thing and all of the sudden that information is solid gold... I have found that sometimes adults operate in the same manner. I recently read an article in the Tabata Times written with CrossFit newbies in mind. When I say newbie I mean someone with less than two years of CrossFit under their weight belt. I thought the article gave some good insight into your first two years so I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...

Tips for Every CrossFitter

These ones are from Jon Matzner, a coach at Potomac CrossFit – his 11 tips for CrossFit athletes from his Barbells and Bacon blog:


  1. Breakfast is everything. If I can convince you to eat meat and eggs for breakfast, the other meals are usually OK. If you negotiate with me about having probiotic yogurt instead of meat and eggs, we’re in trouble.
  2. I can get someone 70% of the way there in the Olympic lifts in about 3 hours. At that point, the limiting factor for men is usually shoulder and hip mobility. For women, it’s front squat and overhead squat strength out of the bottom.
  3. If you aren’t a total idiot with what you eat, you should set a PR pretty much every time you step in the gym for the first 2 years.
  4. The shorter the workout, the longer the warmup should be. You need to warm up for 35 minutes for Fran. You need to warm up for 5 minutes for Murph.
  5. Unweighed unmeasured Paleo eating works best if you’ve done “The Zone” first. Your Zone experience will give you a ballpark idea of how much you should be eating. If you don’t come from a “Zone” background, you’ll likely do things like sit down and eat 85 Macadamia nuts and wonder why you aren’t losing any weight.
  6. As you get better, you need to take a back off week about every fourth week (not because of injury). You can still come in and workout, but take some more rest days and just chill out.
  7. You don’t need to learn to butterfly kip. Seriously, stop it. You are going to hurt yourself and you’d be much better off working toward a bodyweight press.
  8. Dumbbells are the most under appreciated piece of equipment in the gym.
  9. Prior runners do not need supplementary running to improve their run times. People without a running background do. I think this mostly has to do with learning to pace correctly.
  10. You can’t just train weaknesses. It’s too depressing. Every now and then, pick something you are amazing at and crush it.
  11. You can get away with a lot of inefficiencies if you’ve got a strong grip. Do more farmers’ carries.