So you’ve taken the leap and signed up for your first CrossFit session. Firstly – congratulations! Even just signing up for your first session is a big step in the right direction, and you should be super proud of yourself as well as excited to start your CrossFit journey. You might be wondering, how best to prepare before your first session and what you can do to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible? There are a few things to consider before your first session, that will help you feel your best and be fuelled for your CrossFit session.
We have put together 3 ways you can prepare for your first CrossFit session. CrossFit Green is a fully equipped CrossFit gym facility based in Dublin, where we offer members a fun and exciting way to train and reach their goals alongside our team of knowledgeable coaches. To learn more, read on and for further information on our CrossFit sessions in Dublin, please visit our website today.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The preparation starts the night before. Getting a good night’s sleep is key to ensuring that you feel rested, have as much energy as possible, and so you don’t feel tired during the session. CrossFit requires a lot of energy as you will be working your entire body through powerful and explosive movements, so its essential that you feel rested.
When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies have to work much harder to keep us going and this can result in us feeling a lot more tired, lethargic, stressed, hungry and even moody. So make sure to get a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep at a minimum the night before your first session, and this way you will be sure to feel your best performing to your body’s maximum ability.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hydration is key to helping us have the best workouts, and we need to focus on hydration pre training, during training, and post training. When we exercise, we lose water so to function properly we need to be hydrated at all times. Dehydration causes us to feel more tired, our heart rates to rise, our body temperature to get higher and it makes exercise a lot more challenging.
We can also put ourselves at risk of feeling dizzy, feeling faint, getting cramps, and feeling shaky if we aren’t hydrated. So be sure to drink plenty of water before your session, take water to sip on during, and hydrate with lots of water once you have finished your session.
Eat a Carb Rich Meal
With nutrition, it can be difficult to know what to eat before a CrossFit session as a beginner. To maximise your performance and have the best session possible, you should be having a carb rich meal 2 to 3 hours before your session. This should consist of complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, wholewheat bread, or wholewheat pasta. If you’d like, you can also have a carb rich snack closer to your session, such as some rice cakes, some jam on a bagel, or some fruit to give you a quick source of fuel.
Carbohydrates are our body’s primary fuel source of energy, and they help us to have more power, strength, and better endurance for our workouts. So be sure to eat your carbs before your CrossFit session, and fuel up on them after your workout too as your body will need to replenish them.
Want to Sign up to your First CrossFit Session in Dundrum?
If you’re ready to sign up to your first CrossFit session in Dundrum, then why not join us at CrossFit Green? We specialise in providing members with group and one to one coaching.
All of our group coaching sessions are taught by our team of experienced and knowledgeable coaches, and our timetable is incredibly varied. If you’d like a bit more one-on-one attention, we offer one on one coaching where you work with one of our expert coaches to reach our goals.
Whichever option you choose, you can guarantee that you will be in safe hands here at CrossFit Green. Our state-of-the-art gym facility in Dundrum and everything that you need to succeed – from Olympic weightlifting equipment, to kettlebells and dumbbells, to pull up bars, to Ski Ergs, to Bike Ergs and much more.
To sign up to your first CrossFit session, contact us today. You can fill out our online enquiry form, and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your goals and create a program that works best for you. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach, we work with our members to understand their goals and help them achieve them.