How To Do CrossFit At Home

September 28, 2016



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Sometimes you can't make it to the CrossFit Box.

Sometimes you don't live near a Box.

Sometimes paying for a membership would have you living inside a cardboard box.

If you're interested in occasionally, or frequently doing CrossFit from the comfort of your own home, you've come to the right place.

Here are a few basic ideas, and pointers to get you headed in the right direction...

1.  Start with your nutrition...

I know, I know.  This isn't the most glamorous thing to talk about, but the most important part of CrossFit rarely (if ever) takes place inside a gym.  If you really want to do CrossFit right, start with a good foundation...

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If we could only make 1 recommendation for getting your nutrition on point, we'd send you here:  http://whole30.com/new/

2.  Google this...

Find your nearest search engine, and type in: "Comprehensive Bodyweight Workout List."  This will take you to a whole host of pages with a downloadable PDF file containing workouts that you can do at home with VERY limited equipment (19 pages of workouts to be exact).

3.  Do some learning...

To make sure you've got some basic direction on body-weight movements, go here: 

https://www.crossfit.com/exercisedemos/

Type whatever you're curious about into the search bar, and you'll get coaching points, and basic instruction for the movements you'll be performing. 

If at all possible, take video of yourself, or have someone watch you execute the movements to make sure you're performing the exercises properly.

4.  Start slow

Feel free to cut these workouts down to manageable chunks until you work up to a few of these body weight workouts per week.

After a few months of watching your nutrition, and performing these high intensity workouts, you'll notice that you have worked your way well into the first 3 layers of the pyramid above, and that you're probably healthier than 95% of the American public.

5.  Get some training.

I know, I know.  This is supposed to be a guide to doing CrossFit at home, but you really can't move into the weightlifting aspect of CrossFit safely without some coaching.  Here are two ideas to be able to add some barbell movements to your regimen while still having the convenience of (eventually) staying at home...

  • Find a box that has some sort of punch pass system, and drop in on barbell days until you've received some proper training. At some point, you'll feel comfortable enough to do the movements on your own.
  • If you REALLY want to get some great training, sign up for a CrossFit Weightlifting course:  https://training.crossfit.com/weightlifting This course may be on the pricey side if you're looking to workout at home for financial reasons, but we can't recommend going to some formal CrossFit training enough if you can swing it.

     6.  Play a game!

    An often overlooked aspect of the CrossFit pyramid is it's pinnacle.  SPORT!

    It's time to use your elite fitness in some sort of competition.  Nothing will make you strive more than a mixing it up on the field of play, so whether it's basketball, soccer, rugby, running...etc.  You're missing out on a fun, and functional way to develop your fitness if you aren't regularly learning, and playing new sports.

    So there you have it! 

    Some ways to do CrossFit outside the box.

    HOWEVER!  While we have no affiliation with CrossFit, we believe that going to a CrossFit affiliate is the absolute BEST way to train, so our hope here is that eventually you'll invest the time and money necessary for a monthly membership.

    Have a wonderful day!

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    Ian Sturgeon
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