There seems to be a polarized view of CrossFit. Some people say it is the benchmark of fitness if ever there was one, while others say it only succeeds in getting you injured and feeling terrible each time. As much as there are all those differing opinions, it is one of the most widely practised fitness disciplines in the world. It is important to be aware of certain things should you decide to be part of it.
CrossFit, as the name suggests, is a mash-up of movements from various sports, such as gymnastics, weightlifting, powerlifting, and rowing. It aims to get you active at a high intensity in the shortest time possible. IT shall improve your overall fitness and make you better in all other areas of your life, whether in sports, at work, at home, or socially. Every workout session shall have a series of intense movements packed into it. You shall have those followed up by the WOD, the workout of the day. Those are normally a set of exercises to be timed and executed in a specified sequence. They are short but intense, and often seem easy until you try them out. On the official CrossFit website, you shall find details of each WOD.
For a beginner, the first step should be to find a CrossFit gym near you. The gym shall be referred to as a box. You shall see more details on this site. It is common to walk into one and find people making some impressive moves and lifting some heavy weights. You should not try and do the same, depite your belief in yourself. CrossFit should be approached with a lot of discipline and patience if you are to manage it well. It is likely that those who have nothing positive to say about the movement must have tried such amazing feats on their early days. CrossFit shall have you mastering so many movements from so many disciplines, which is good for your overall health and fitness.
You can expect to be exposed getting injured as you would in any other discipline. You will hear so many reports of it being the deadliest, but it is not. At the same time, consistent participants report fewer instances of injuries. If you are a busy person, aim to dedicate at least three sessions in a week. Where there is enough time, aim for five to six visits. You also need to study a movement before you try it out, and follow what your instructor tells you. You can only consider increasing your reps, intensity, weight, or range, as applicable after you have perfected it.