Is CrossFit for me?
CrossFit is for everyone – moms, seniors, police, fire fighters, cubical dwellers and yes elite athletes too. We believe in scaling to your needs but pushing you when you need it; fat loss, increased cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility. We treat the body and person as a whole.
What does WOD mean?
WOD stands for Workout Of the Day. Like the name says each day has its own workout.
Do I have to get in shape first before I start?
This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete can come into the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey, we are never really “there”. We have grandmothers working out right next to our collegiate athletes, and they are both getting a good workout! Anyone really can do it.
I can’t do CrossFit because I don’t want to aggravate back or neck pain from previous injuries.
Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or tweaks and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising their low back due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up de-conditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps which is usually what happens. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.
Can I get a good workout in under 30 minutes?
Yes, this is absolutely what we strongly believe in. More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. Basically, it just boils down to hard work. But the truth is, the longer the effort the lower our intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity (power output) will be lower than if you run multiple 400 meter sprints. CrossFit does go beyond 30 min on occasion, but the majority of our workouts are shorter in duration. If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature which can lend to a better response, especially combined with the movements we do. No matter who you are or what workouts you do, without hard work you will not receive results, which is why we encourage you to work to the limits of your physiological and psychological tolerances.
I am afraid I will get too big and bulky. Will I?
In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do. One: pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. Two: eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (meaning that we attempt to make you stronger, not just build your muscle mass). CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program and not a bodybuilding program, your results will be a leaner, stronger, faster, more toned version of yourself.
I have heard you can get hurt doing CrossFit, is this true?
You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is more safe than many activities people perform every day. We like to work with people in 3 stages. First: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). We always start with Mechanics, and then Consistency. Only when you have proven to be able to move safely and efficiently do we add the component of Intensity.
I have heard CrossFit is really hard, is this true?
CrossFit is as hard as you make it. Just like any workout regime, you will get out of it what you put into it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.
Is CrossFit a cardio or a weightlifting program?
It’s both and much more! We perform functional movements, giving you a comprehensive full-body workout in under an hour. Classes are instructor-led and peer-driven, providing an excellent mixture of individual coaching and group motivation. Workouts change constantly, ensuring that you always make progress and never get in a rut with your training. We combine elements of boot camp workouts, gymnastics (especially rings and floor work), Olympic weightlifting, rowing, and running. Some workouts are done for time, others for maximum number of reps. The possibilities for fitness are endless. We have a huge number of exercises to choose from, so working out never becomes boring!
Do I need any special equipment?
Nope. Comfortable clothes, and water are suggested, other than that, just show up with a good attitude, – we’ll provide the rest!