The title to this post is a bit misleading.
There are no sure-fire ways to get people to come try CrossFit with you.
However, there are a few tactics that can get the odds of getting your friend(s)/family/loved one to give it a shot.
Here are a few suggestions that can get the ball rolling:
1. Make respectful suggestions that the program may be of some benefit to them.
No one likes to be told what to do. The last thing someone wants to hear about their current fitness program (or lack thereof) is that it sucks. If your prospective CrossFit buddy does yoga, Zumba, tai chi, etc. and gets enjoyment from those activities, it is probably not a good idea to tell them that they’re wasting their time. Especially if it makes them happy. Any activity is better than none.
The better route might be to suggest that if they like their current activity, then they may like to give CrossFit a shot since there might be some elements to our program in which they already partake plus so much more.
2. Have an elevator pitch ready.
What’s an elevator pitch?
It’s basically a quick way to describe a service or program. It should be about as long as the trip in an elevator – roughly 30 seconds to a minute. It’s kinda difficult to come up with something succinct but Melissa Byers came up with a pretty straightforward description on her former blog:
“CrossFit is a fitness program designed around the things you do in the real world. Every day, you bend down and pick things up, you put things over your head, you squat down, you stand up, you run after your kids or jump over a puddle. CrossFit prepares you for all that and then some by performing those exact movements in our workouts. We borrow exercises from things like weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field, and we mix it up a lot, so your body is always adapting, getting stronger, faster, better conditioned. And the key to the whole program is that you work really, really hard… so you get fit really, really fast.”
3. Lead by example.
Just be you – a strong, healthy, active individual that enjoys life and all of its gifts. Most of what we do in the gym might not save the world or make us all elite athletes but it will make our quality of life much more enjoyable over the long haul. Live that example everyday knowing that you are stronger and happier as a person for having faced challenges in the gym and coming out better on the other end.
WOD – 3.13.2012
400 meter run
30 Kettlebell Swings