An excerpt from a 2015 blog post, "The Top 10 Things I Learned In My First 6 Weeks Of CrossFit" written by a new member at KCI
1. Working out on my own sucks, and I generally suck at it: I have always worked out on my own. I didn’t like having a workout partner because you had to coordinate a time to go that works for everyone, and there was some inconsistency. I like to get up when I could and go workout without having to worry about somebody else’s schedule. I also did my own programming, mostly focused on strength. I would work hard, but not nearly hard enough. I wouldn’t push myself at all. I settled for what was easy and routine. I was, and am, capable of so much more than what I was doing. I was not pushing myself, and I was definitely not pushing myself to be better. I was maintaining, and I guess that was okay. And, what’s funny about that is that I am typically a very driven and motivated person. I work hard and I’m efficient. But at the gym, I was lazy. Doing CrossFit workouts has pushed me to do more than I thought I could and in a supportive environment where people care. I am now doing more in one hour than I was in a full week of training, and I love it!
2. The community really cares: Without knowing many people at KCI when I started, I was amazed at how these complete strangers accepted me and supported me. I found people cheering me on to finish a rep even when they were out of breath (and knowing they were about to start again). The community pushes you to move past what you think you are capable of and supports you in the process. You also grow closer to the group as you complete these workouts with them. There is an overwhelming sense of accomplishment that comes after every day you are there.
Read the entire article here; "The Top 10 Things I Learned In My First 6 Weeks Of CrossFit"