Stepping into RAW Combination FTC for the first time can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming. Fear not newbie; these people won’t bite. They’re actually pretty darn friendly and overly supportive once you get to know them. It can be a lot to take in at first glance, but don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Below are a few tips to help you make the most of this life changing experience:

You’re your only competition

Go at your own pace. Let the intensity find you. You need a solid foundation of strength and flexibility in order to progress to the more demanding workouts.  Start light, get your form down and have no fear.

Scaling is another form of programming. Scaling is such an individualized topic that it’s hard to make sweeping generalized statements. You have to know your own body and its limits. But most importantly, there’s no substitute for common sense.

What You Eat Is More Important Than What You do at the gym

Nutrition is the key to every aspect of your life. It affects your energy levels, your recovery, and your overall defense against disease. “You put good in, good comes out.” When you’re first starting out, the quality of your food is far more important than the quantity. Call it whatever you want: Paleo, Primal or Zone just eat clean. If you’re eating as clean as possible, you don’t even need to worry about the quantity.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Clarification, Over and Over and over Again

It’s your time, money, and most importantly, health. If you don’t fully understand something, ask.  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully grasp the concept. We were all newbies at one point. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the skip, squat, deadlift, or any of the olympic lifts takes lots of practice and critique from a trained eye. If you need help, just ask.

Combination training Isn’t Everything

Combination training is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on building general physical preparedness (GPP). It is quickly evolving into a sport of its own.  I undertake combination training so that I can do whatever I want: Go out, play sports, learn new things and be awesome at it.

It Doesn’t Get Easier, It Just Sucks Less

The longer you immerse yourself in the suck, the less it sucks. You get stronger, build a greater aerobic capacity, and become mentally tough.  All of these aspects, combined with experience, allow you to know when to push yourself and when to back off, so that you can attack each workout to the best of your ability. Soon, you’ll come to love the beatdowns.

You Won’t PR Every Day

Don’t mistake intensity for hard work. Even if you’re having a bad day and the intensity just isn’t there, you can still get a lot out of your time in the gym through hard work. Intensity and hard work are not the same thing. Not feeling too strong that day? That’s fine; scale the weights and/or rounds or time domain back. Something is better than nothing.

Have fun

Smile. Laugh. Introduce yourself to people you don’t know. If you’re not having fun, why are you here?  Do you enjoy your overall time spent at the gym? Do you enjoy the people, the community, the knowledge and support that it provides? If so, then don’t be too concerned with your competitive nature until you have a strong grasp of all the foundational movements.

Respect Rest and Recovery

Too many newbies (and even those of us who have been doing this a while) get caught up in overtraining. Don’t be afraid to schedule in a deload day once per week, or a deload week every 4-6 weeks where you cut the weight, rounds, and intensity in half. You have to think about this from a longevity standpoint. If you’re killing yourself every time you set foot in the gym, week after week, month after month, year after year, you’re going to eventually break down. You need to respect your time outside of the gym. There’s an old weightlifting adage that goes something like: “You don’t get bigger and stronger from lifting weights, you get bigger and stronger from recovering from lifting weights.

 

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