What is CrossFit?
Constantly varied: The basic premise behind CrossFit is that we want you to be good at everything, while not being bad at anything. Our workouts differ every day. This accomplishes two main things. First, it prevents people from getting stuck in a monotonous routine which leads to boredom, burnout, plateauing, and eventually quitting. Second, it forces people to work on areas with the most room for improvement which leads to a more complete and “fit” athlete.
Functional movement: Walk in the gym and one of the first things you will notice is that the only machines we have are rowers. We train in a way that will benefit us in the real world. You discover there is a car stuck top of somebody, it will not magically turn into a perfect machine to help you lift it up. The real world is full of “free weights” in which you need to develop the athleticism and skill to maneuver the load in a safe and effective manner. CrossFit focuses on things that will benefit individuals not only in the gym and in front of their mirror at home, but in a way that helps people be more useful to themselves in the world around them.
Done at high intensity: Watch a class workout and you will see that when the clock is on, athletes are not chit chatting or reading a magazine. They are working. We make a joke that if you can talk, you aren’t moving fast enough. CrossFit works because of this high intensity. In our class settings, you will push yourself harder and do things you did not think you could do simply because of the underlying pressure and motivation added when your friend is moving faster than you are. This competitive, yet friendly atmosphere will deliver the results people are unable to obtain by themselves.
Across broad time: CrossFit workouts range from two minutes, all the way up to two hours. We promise never to make you do a two-hour workout, but you will see variability in the length of the workouts. If all you do are five minute workouts, what happens when you are thrown into a 20 minute workout? As previously stated, we want you to be good at everything and will program workouts that test your fitness level in short sprints, long grinders, and everything in between.
And modal domains: In our gym you will see movements ranging from gymnastics (e.g., pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstands, push-ups, burpees, etc), to Olympic weightlifting (e.g., snatch, clean & jerk), strength exercises (e.g., back squat, deadlift, push press, bench press, thruster, etc), cyclical movements (e.g., running, rowing, biking, swimming), and some odd object movements you may not have done before (e.g., prowlers, kettlebells, atlas stones, etc). The more we can throw at you, the more fit you will become.
What is a normal class like?
While a class does not involve having a personal coach, the size of each class is limited so the coach is able to observe and assist each participant in refining movements and providing encouragement.
After participating in CrossFit, you will never want to return to a “globo” gym ever again. The amount of workout you receive in an hour of CrossFit is far superior to a self-directed workout at any gym. CrossFit provides training like having a personal trainer but at far less cost.
How is the Olympic Weightlifting (Oly) class different and when can I attend?
Don’t I need to be in shape before I try CrossFit?
“Scalable” means modifying the CrossFit movements and workout to one’s level of ability. The amount of weight lifted, the number of repetitions of each movement, and/or the level of workout intensity are modified to match the fitness level of each individual while providing a safe yet challenging workout. Scaling for each individual is taught during the Elements program and with on-going assistance from a coach. As fitness levels increase, the individual is involved in determining when and how to increase weights, intensity, and repetitions.
What if I am REALLY out of shape?
Many people have come to learn about CrossFit from ESPN2. If that is you, just know that you are comparing yourself to the top .01% of CrossFitters. CrossFit is not about competing and only a very small percentage of people around the World boast the physique and fitness of somebody you see on TV. When you leave the gym after a miserable workout that scared you when you saw it, it is over. You have done something you did not think possible for yourself, and you have not only increased your physical health, but also your mental health.
I have/had an injury. Can I still do CrossFit?
I have never been a member of a CrossFit gym before, but I’m in really good shape. Can I just skip that whole Elements thing and jump right in to classes?
I’m from out of town and would like to drop-in. What do I need to do?
Can I just come and do my own thing?
You are, however, allowed to come at any time during the day when we have a regularly scheduled class to do our Olympic Lifting programming. We do recommend that you come during our Oly class times so our coaches can watch and give immediate feedback.