WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, if not seemingly randomized, functional movements executed at high intensity. It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing, kettlebell training, plyometrics, powerlifting, and medicine ball training. Our objective is to become proficient in all ten physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, coordination, power, agility, balance, accuracy, and speed.
The WOD (workout of the day) is always different and can be modified to meet the needs of any athlete, regardless of age, ability, and fitness level.
IS IT FOR ME?
YES!!! CrossFit is for anyone who is willing to work hard and improve their overall fitness and strength. Whether you are a high school athlete or a stay at home mom, an elite Lacrosse player or grandfather of four, you CAN do CrossFit.
WHAT IF I CAN’T DO THE MOVEMENT OR WEIGHT?
Classes are always lead by a CrossFit certified coach, and they will help you to scale or modify any movements as seen fit for you. No matter what, though, you will always get a great workout that challenges you.
SHOULD I GET IN SHAPE BEFORE I DO CROSSFIT?
This is not necessary. While it certainly would make things easier, it’s not required to be able to join or do CrossFit. This is what we are here for! Our job is fitness. So, whether you have 10 years of experience in sports, or absolute zilch, we can help you get in shape. Don’t let your lack of fitness stop you from coming in! Everyone has to start somewhere…
AS A WOMAN, WILL I GET BIGGER BY DOING CROSSFIT?
First, women do not have the necessary testerone levels to put on a large amount of muscle mass. Secondly, the women you are envisioning, who are huge, are using testosterone and mass building supplements to get that way. So, unless you are supplementing like a bodybuilder, it is highly unlikely you will bulk up. In fact, weightlifting and CrossFit have been shown to increase weight loss, and give women a tighter, leaner, and more toned body. Of course, results will vary.
WHAT SORT OF DIET DO YOU RECOMMEND?
CrossFit talks a lot about the Paleo Diet (aka Caveman Diet). Basically, lots of vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts, seeds, very little starch, and no sugar. That’s the simple version. An easy way to approach it in the grocery store is by sticking to the perimeter of the store, and avoiding all the aisles! We can help you more with this topic, and give you a lot of great resources and guidance.
HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK SHOULD I DO CROSSFIT?
The general suggestion is 3 days on and 1 day off, however it depends on your schedule, goals, and ability. We recommend at least 3 to 4 days a week if you want to see real results. Try to do no more than 3 consecutive days, but no less than 2 days in a row before a rest day. Above all else, though, listen to your body, but know that you must/can work through soreness and fatigue. The intent is obviously to train enough to meet your fitness goals, while at the same time not overdoing it to the point of overtraining or possible injuries.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER GYMS OR FITNESS GROUPS?
The simple answer is this – we build a community with people of all ages, sizes, and abilities who share a common goal to get into the best shape of their lives. There is accountability, camaraderie, measurable data, and the constantly varied to keep you excited and interested, as opposed to the repetitive routines of traditional gyms and other fitness groups. Bonus, all of the movements we do in CrossFit cross over to real life. We like to think of CrossFit as, “Training not to suck at life”.
Another big difference is that there will always be a CrossFit certified coach to guide you through the workouts, push you to levels you otherwise wouldn’t go yourself, and to ensure you are doing the movements correctly and safely.
I AM SO SORE! IS THIS NORMAL?
Yes, the beginning is the hardest part, but if you stick with it, it does get easier. The first few days of CrossFit tends to be the sorest time, and it’s just a matter of getting over that hump. We recommend stretching and to continue to keep moving! Stretch before bedtime, take a nice walk, keep your body in motion. Hydration and proper nutrition also play a key role in recovery. Remember, you are using muscles you probably haven’t used in a long time, and you are doing movements that you probably haven’t done before. Stick with it. Over time, you will see and feel a difference.
I FEEL LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS BETTER THAN ME. I AM ALWAYS HAVING TO SCALE OR MODIFY THINGS. I FEEL LIKE I AM NOT WORKING AS HARD AS EVERYONE ELSE. I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER BE ABLE TO DO WHAT THEY DO…
These are very common feelings to have when first starting out in CrossFit, but remember, we ALL have to start somewhere, and NONE of us just picked up a barbell one day and totally dominated. We fell, many, many times. You have to crawl before you can walk. You have learn the alphabet before you can read. You have to scale and modify before you can go prescribed (Rx) in a workout. It’s all part of the journey. This is not a 90-day challenge. This is a lifestyle. So, be patient with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to the others, especially the ones who have been doing this for years! Ask any of them, and they’ll tell you that they struggled just as much as the next person when they first started out. Whether you do the workouts scaled, modified, or prescribed (Rx), if you had to fight through it, and it was challenging and intense for you, then you worked just as hard as everyone else! CrossFit is humbling, but it is worth the effort!
HOW DO I GET STARTED?!