As a new Crossfitter, you are now pledged to a new lifestyle of working out in a box (gym in Crossfit speak) and exercising with fellow Crossfitters (it's a tight fitness community doing group workouts). Before you even do your first WOD or Workout of the Day, there are a few things you need to know and some crucial steps to take.
1. Set goals - What are your personal goals? What do you want to achieve during and after your Crossfit training? Figure out if you want to shed some pounds and reach an ideal weight or if you want to improve endurance and flexibility.
2. Research about Crossfit - There are many sites and forums with articles and testimonies about the challenges and highlights of doing Crossfit. Crossfitters tend to write feedback on various forums regarding their fitness experience. Find out the history of Crossfit and what their MO is for those who want to sign up. Before choosing a box, research and compare reputations, costs, and credibility.
3. Try before you buy - When shopping for a Crossfit box, I recommend that you try one before you buy. CrossFit can be a hefty investment so try asking for a free class. Another option is to drop-in and watch a class so that you can see how that particular box is managed and how the coaches communicate. CrossFit gyms are individually owned and managed, so they are all different. Travelling around the world to different boxes, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Make sure you are happy with your box and the community you are about to join.
4. Plan a healthy diet - Diet and exercise complete a balanced lifestyle. Plan your workout schedule but don't forget to plan your meals, too. Food is fuel for your body whether you want to gain or lose weight in the process. A diet plan ideally set by a nutritionist will help you with your energy levels and recovery during Crossfit.
5. Adapt a "can do" attitude - Quitting is never the right solution for any problem or challenge you're faced with. Crossfit is fun but it doesn't get easier by the day. Don't stop when the going gets tough. Put in the time and effort and take it one level at a time. Crossfit workout are scaled based on your current fitness level. If your coach believes in your ability, so should you.