CrossFit: Training at Home Vs. Training at the Box (Do You Need a Coach?)

Training at Home Vs. Training at the Box

At some point in their training, many CrossFit athletes wonder if they can go at it alone. Once they’ve learned many of the movements and have set PRs, they may think it’s more convenient to train at home.

Training at Home Vs. Training at the Box

Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking about making the move from the box to your home.

Motivation

One thing that makes CrossFit so different than other forms of fitness is the community. Are you motivated to work out on your own? Are you able to push yourself without your workout buddies or your coach encouraging you? Do you know how to correctly warm-up, practice skills, mobilize, and set up for a WOD?

Working out at your box ensures that all of these needs will be met. Your coach will be there to lead the way and get you through the workout. It takes a special kind of athlete to push yourself to do your best on your own. Assess your motivation by doing some WODs on your own and taking stock of your rest time during the WOD. Are you able to take a few breaths and then pick up the barbell or the wallball? If not, you may need to get back into the box and work with a coach.

Form

If you’re going to work out on your own in your home gym, you need to carefully monitor your form. You need a great deal of body awareness to make sure your hips are below parallel in your squats and you’re sticking to proper form in all of your movements. If you insist on working out at home, you may want a buddy with a good eye to come over every once in a while and check your form. You want to make sure you don’t injure yourself. You also want to continue to get full range of motion so you can get the most out of your workout.

If you insist on working out at home, you may want to download an app like Coach’s Eye, which will record your movements so you can watch and analyze them.

Plateaus

Many CrossFit athletes will hit PRs consistently, then at some point, they will plateau. A coach can help you assess your movements, schedule, and nutrition so you can start moving forward in your CrossFit goals. If you want to do it on your own, you need to be aware and honest with all of the factors that lead to your success in CrossFit. Monitor your weights, times, nutrition, mobility, and sleep so you can change things if necessary.

Programming

Many CrossFit boxes are deliberate in how they program workouts. Coaches consider many factors while programming strenght and met-cons. If you’re new to working out alone, you may want to follow a specific program, whether it be a box or the CrossFit main site, in order to attack your weaknesses and stay constantly varied in your workouts.

It takes a lot of willpower to go from the strong, supportive environment of a CrossFit box to working out on your own in your home. The most important factor to consider is safety. Are you reaching your full range of motion while staying injury-free? Are you still moving forward and reaching your goals while programming your own workouts? If you can still have fun and hit PRs on your own, it can be a convenient option. If not, your CrossFit box is always there to help.