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Tips for your first competition

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Tips for your first competition

Samantha Brown

Fitness is an ever evolving idea for everyone. For most, it starts out with a desire to just get healthy: start eating right, trimming down those unwanted love handles or stomach fat, or developing definition in muscles that have yet to appear.

With the right drive and motivation, those goals are surpassed and new goals are made: run a 5k, complete a marathon, enter a weightlifting or Crossfit competition.

Fulfilling these goals can be daunting and even scary. They take preparation and confidence to put yourself in such a high pressure experience.

We have five ways you can help yourself make competing easier and more fun.


Just sign up. If you already know that your goal is to compete, stop hesitating. The only way you will be 100% ready for a competition is to do more competitions. You will not know what it is like to choke, how to anticipate the nervousness, or how to train if you do not put yourself in the position to have the experience. So many people never sign up because they’re scared or “not ready”. Everyone will be proud of you just because you had the courage to try. So just get out there!

Do it with a friend. While most competitions or races are single person registration, find a person who is willing to register and compete with you. Having a partner to train with creates a healthy accountability and makes training fun.

Do not put too much pressure on your first experience. Let's be real, first competitions are nerve racking and many, if not most, choke a bit under the pressure. Personally, I choked during the first event in the competition I entered, pulling me from the possible second or third podium spot, to fourth. While this experience was very discouraging, I realized where the workout went wrong and refocused. That leads into the next point.

You won’t fail. If you complete your competition, you are not failing. Failure does not mean final; it's a learning experience that only makes a person better in the next try. Competing is a perfect opportunity to see what your weakness is and train to be better.

At Terrible Twos, I forgot all of my gear at my home box. Image Credit: Josh Baldovino

At Terrible Twos, I forgot all of my gear at my home box. Image Credit: Josh Baldovino

Do not forget your gear. Think about what you will need days before and prep at least the night before. There is nothing worse than getting to a competition and realizing your lucky socks, wrist straps or lifting shoes were left at home or in your locker. It also becomes an unnecessary stressor. Just imagine how much better you’ll sleep if your packing is already done.


Whatever your competition is, just go out there and have fun. Find an event in your area and start training. There are a plethora of websites that list local races and events, all of which can be found through Google.

If you are local, don’t forget to check our event page for the latest updates of Fitness events in the 808 state. 

One of the summer’s hottest events is a three-person team CrossFit competition coming up in June. It is being put on by CrossFit K Block and is a perfect chance to enter with your friends and have some fun at the same time. Click here or the button below for more information

Also, don't forget your Shaka gear to wear at your next competition or race! We love to see our Ohana getting out and completing their goals!

Good luck with your next competition.

About the author
Samantha Brown

Samantha has been Crossfitting for 5.5 years, and enjoying desserts for even longer. A mom of two who are stuck to her like glue, she loves to meet other parents who WOD as much as she does. When she is not writing for Shakas and Snatches, she looks for places to do a pistol and throw a shaka. Connect with her on IG  @pistolsandshakas