A Few Thoughts if You are Considering CrossFit

CrossFit is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for anyone regardless of experience. We use the same workouts for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the workout.

Beginners to weight training – Even if you have never lifted weights before (or trained only on machines), CrossFit is a great place for you to start, you’ve got great coaches to help you start the process. You’ll learn how to do all of the important lifts in a super supportive and nonjudgmental environment. 

Support and community – This is the great appeal of CrossFit: every CrossFit gym has a tight-knit community feel. You’re not just a membership payment to them; you’re a person that needs support. CrossFit has built-in teamwork, camaraderie, and competition.

What is a CrossFit class like?

A regular CrossFit class takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Everybody starts at the same time, there are coaches walking around helping out and keeping track, and everybody is supporting each other and maybe swearing a little (or a lot).

Most CrossFit gyms will split their classes into three or four sections:

Stretching – Either as a group, or you’re allowed to stretch out on your own. 

Dynamic warm up – Not jogging on a treadmill for 5 minutes, but jump rope, squats, push-ups, lunges, pull-ups, ring rows to name a few. The warm up includes functional movements, stretches, and mobility work that compliment the movements you’ll be doing in the workout that day.

Skill/Strength work – If it’s a strength day, then you’ll work on a pure strength movement (like squats or deadlifts). If it’s not a strength day, then you’ll work on a skill and try to improve, like one-legged squats, pull-ups, handstand push-ups or muscle ups.

WOD – the workout of the day. This is where you’ll be told to do a certain number of reps of particular exercises either as quickly as possible, or you’ll have a set time limit to do as many of a certain exercise as possible.

To sum it up

  1. Community - Unlike a commercial gym, you actually get to know the people at your box. There’s always that feeling of teamwork and camaraderie.

  2. Coaching – In a commercial gym you have no clue if you’re doing an exercise right or not. While it’s not 1:1 training, you have a coach with you during every workout to help out.

  3. Measured progress – Because you get to keep track of how much you’re lifting, and you know how many reps and sets you’re doing, you get to see constant improvement. You also get to advance at your own pace, slowly working your way up towards doing the workouts as prescribed.

  4. Humbling and motivating – Yeah, you might end your workout lying on your back gulping air, but you have a sense of accomplishment when you finish a workout faster or lifted more weight than last time.

  5. Competition – It’s amazing how much further you’ll push yourself when surrounded by other people cheering you on and competing with you.

  6. You get to find out what you’re made of - CrossFit can be miserable, but it can also teach you how to push through mental barriers, build mental toughness and more.

  7. It builds a “look good naked body” -  Many women want that “toned” look and try to get it with hours of cardio, those muscular defined bodies are built every day in CrossFit gyms. 

  8. It builds endurance and overall fitness – your body is prepared for pretty much any athletic situation, regular life or the zombie apocalypse through smart CrossFit programming.

Your first class is free, come check it out! You know you want to.

One on one coaching is available.  Custom workouts and nutritional guidance based on your personality and your lifestyle. Let us help you get started, let us help you get strong.