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Top Tips: CrossFit For Beginners

We are welcoming our new members at CrossFit Blackwater every day and want to make you feel comfortable, encouraged and at home in Witham’s premier strength and conditioning gym. Here are a few top tips to get the best out of your initial sessions.

  1. Compete against yourself

When you first join our CrossFit classes in Essex, it’s important to focus primarily on movement and learning the correct technique, rather than trying to lift as much as the person next to you. Although they might be squatting double their body weight, they only got to that stage because they focused on their technique and worked hard to get there. Building the foundations of strength and flexibility in the correct places takes time, but once you get there you’ll be reaping the benefits.

  1. Diet is VERY important

No matter how much exercise you do, if you’re eating junk food it’s going to have bad impacts on your health and will stop you from making any significant improvements. Your nutrition affects energy levels, speed of recovery and your overall health. The key is just to eat clean and you’ll be amazed at how great you feel!

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask a coach

Everyone has to start somewhere and each one of us was a newbie at one point or another. If you don’t understand something, just ask one of our coaches or have a chat with us after a class. We will be more than happy to help you and make sure you get the best out of the workouts. Being a CrossFit beginner is made a lot easier by the fact that you have the support in a class from coaches and other members to reach your own personal targets; that beats even the best gym membership!

  1. It doesn’t get easier, you just get better!

As you do more CrossFit sessions, you’ll notice a considerable increase in strength, stamina, coordination and all the other foundations of fitness. As you build up all of these areas, you’ll be able to push yourself even harder. You’ll also find that you recover a lot quicker than you did in your earlier workouts!

  1. You won’t get a PB every day

Some days you may not be feeling your best; however doing a little is far better than doing nothing at all. Come in and give it your best shot – try to avoid skipping sessions. You’ll feel much better for it in the end.

  1. Don’t worry about looking silly

Once you stop worrying about not knowing everything and being afraid to look a bit unsteady to begin with, you’ll realise you know far more than you think, and the things you don’t know yet will come a lot easier to you.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t joined us already, get in touch and book yourself onto one of our FREE CrossFit taster classes – you won’t regret it.


heat 1 barbell 3

Back to the bars on the New Years Day chipper


Front Squats – 10-10-10-10 ascending weight


6 x 2 mins on 2 mins off:

8 Front Squats 60/40k
12 Push ups
16 Toes to bar
20 Abmat Sit ups

Start each 2 minutes back at the beginning.


Max balance test