Starting Crossfit

Valuable Newbie Tips From Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

The chances are slim that you haven’t heard the name Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. She is featured on our list of fittest women and she kicked ass at the 2015 games. If there is anybody you want to listen to before you start doing your reps it’s this girl. With the focus on helping newbies get into the CrossFit lifestyle, here is what Camille suggests.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: Don’t Entertain Intimidation

There’s a stigma that people who are already established athletes will automatically benefit more when they join CrossFit, but Camille Leblanc-Bazinet has a different point of view. According to her, people with room to grow are the ones who are going to benefit the most. Yes, it’s cool to watch veterans go through their WODs like it’s no big deal, but this is also where you’ll find intimidation. Camille says you should never feel discouraged for starting at a challenging level that’s comfortable for you.

Don’t get caught up in the lingo you don’t know yet and don’t allow your insecurities to control your progress. If you think you are going to walk into a box and be challenged by other CrossFitters, think again. CrossFit is all about support from those around you to battle your greatest enemy, namely yourself.


Check Your Ego At The Door

The first conscious decision you have to make is to leave your ego at the door. Breaking your neck while lifting a weight you know you couldn’t lift in the first place is a sign that you made the wrong decision. Are you there to impress people or do you want to get into the best shape you’ll ever be? As I mentioned in my previous article about facing box jumps, Camille suggests starting small and working your way to more challenging workouts. There is simply no point in failing before you start, simply because you had an ego to attend to.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: Don’t Take Shortcuts

If you are going to do a CrossFit push-up then make sure your chest goes all the way down. When you’re doing a squat, your hips have to drop below your knees. The moment something gets tough it doesn’t mean you have to start finding shortcuts. Camille stresses that you want to complete the whole movement, regardless of the time you do it in. She also suggests that if you really can’t get through the movement then ask your trainer for an effective alternative or adjust the weight. But cutting corners will only see you standing still while everyone else gets better. Just because you can do something at lightning speed doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. Really focus on the


Never Stop Counting

Last but not least, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet urges newbies to record their progress. In other words, chart those PRs. Apart from giving you some bragging rights, which is good in moderation, it will help you to see how you are getting better. What’s more, a chart can point out the aspects you need to work on and keep you motivated.

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