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Like any other form of exercise, making sure that you are being safe throughout your workout is vital. As moms, we have little ones that need us, making our safety even more important! If you are new to CrossFit, it’s important that you engage in your workout and build intensity, but only after mastery of the proper mechanics. Keep reading for more CrossFit safety tips.

Before any workout, you should always stretch your muscles. Take between five and ten minutes to do some basic stretching--arms, legs, back, etc. Once you have stretched, do a five-minute warmup. Get your heart-rate going before jumping into high intensity exercises.

Once you’re ready for your workout, it’s important that you learn the proper techniques and positions. CrossFit has a variety of core exercises. These exercises require proper form, so before you jump in, you should be able to demonstrate the proper technique. Once you’ve mastered the form of the exercise, you can start to incorporate intensity and speed.

If, at any point during your workout, you have questions about a specific technique or routine, voice your concerns! If you’re anything like me, you might be intimidated with others surrounding you or waiting on you, so you just go for it, even if you don’t fully understand the machine, instructions, form, etc. In CrossFit, you are your biggest advocate. Speak up for yourself before you try anything that you’re not completely confident doing.

Similar to speaking up for yourself, it’s important that you have honest and open communication with your trainer. Your mechanics are important during CrossFit training. If you have an injury you are working through or are still building strength and endurance for a particular exercise, talk to your coach about it. Pay attention to your body and don’t be afraid to tell your coach if you are struggling. There are, typically, modifications that can be made to help you still achieve the best workout possible without hurting yourself.

And, finally, no matter how familiar you are with CrossFit, don’t push yourself too hard. Intensity should be built gradually. An effective workout requires you to push yourself and work hard, but you know your body best. Don’t push too hard too soon. Performance should be slow and steady, not rushed and sloppy. As you continue through your routine, you can build intensity, go for the heavier weights, and work at a faster pace!

CrossFit is a great way to build strength and endurance as well as meet new people in your community. With any workout routine, make sure you put your safety first!