CrossFit From The Couch: Starting A Program At Home


Getting up off the sofa and going to the gym is impossible sometimes. Sure, the good weather changes things but you still don’t want to be stuck inside. And, no one wants to spend the summer working out in a stuffy room full of exercise equipment. Plus, it’s expensive. 

Health and well-being, then, can suddenly take a turn for the worse. Whereas everything was under control before, now you are slacking off hard. What are the solutions? What should you do? 

The answer is to work out from home if the gym is too demanding, mentally and physically. CrossFit has you covered – thanks Glassman and Jenai – but you must tailor the program to your surroundings. 

The Gear 

People can complete CrossFit programs without specialist clothes, but it’s hard work. Remember that workouts are developed with a vast range of movements in mind. WODs are a prime example of this. So, you’re going to need to be able to stretch and lunge and breathe throughout the exercises. And, your outfit should reflect this fact. The post “11 Best CrossFit Shoes - 2018 Reviews” has info on comfy and stable footwear, while the humorous and helpful article “What NOT to Wear to a CrossFit Class” covers everything else. If in doubt, choose comfortable and stretchy over tight and restricting.

The Workouts 

Once you have the outfit down, then it’s time to choose a program which suits your needs. Whatever you do, please don’t pick one at random because this method won’t work. CrossFit is about doing specifically tailored exercises which you reach a target. It may be anything from losing weight to toning up, but the essential part is to understand the body’s needs. Without a guide, you are going to have to use the internet as a research tool. To learn more, check out “How to Create a Crossfit Workout.” 

The Structure 

How often you exercise and how often you take a break are essential components of any program. To begin with, getting the right balance will help you to target your problem areas. After a while, you should start to see an improvement. Secondly, a balance breeds routine, which improves attitude and dedication. Training for five days a week (and trying to eat clean at the same time) is bound to make you want to quit and try a new fad. However, doing three days in a row with a rest day is a very good compromise. Also, do the least strenuous activities first and work your way up to the hardest ones. 

The Language 

Using a YouTube video or a workout DVD (do they still exist?) is a fantastic way to ensure you’re doing your training correctly. The only issue is the jargon because they assume listeners and watchers are CrossFit-ready. Anyone who isn’t should learn the terms ASAP as it will improve the experience. For instance, WOD means “workout of the day,” and AMRAP stands for “as many rounds as possible.” classes are held in “boxes,” too - not gym classes. What do you think? Are you ready to give CrossFit a try at home?


I hope you enjoyed this article about how to start a CrossFit workout program from home and on a lean budget.

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