What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a general strength and conditioning program. It combines basic elements of gymnastics, running and sprinting, plyometrics, Olympic lifting, power lifting/strength training, kettlebell work, rowing and other modalities into a different workout every day. Click here to see a short video.
What’s the difference between CrossFit and P90X?
Our basic understanding of P90X is that it is a 12 week cycle of body weight movements generally performed in isolation (i.e. in your basement in front of your tv). The technical differences are too numerous to list. We think the most important difference is the experience. Many of our clients started with P90X, plateaued, got bored, lost motivation etc. When you come to the gym it is engaging. Workouts are different everyday, you are coached, pushed and held accountable. There is a community here.
Do I need to “get into shape” BEFORE I start CrossFit?
Generally, no. This is a fairly common misconception. However, if you are extremely de-conditioned and have in excess of 40 pounds to lose (for instance) then after your intro session we might recommend that you do some private training prior to joining the group sessions. Everyone goes through the intro process and during that time we’ll help you assess what membership will be most appropriate, whether you should start in group training or with privates etc.
Remember, if you were already in tip top shape you wouldn’t be calling us!
When will I see results?
If you are showing up consistently, you will notice change in the first month of training. Changes in your body, strength and overall athleticism.
I’ve seen CrossFit on TV and it looks crazy, I don’t think I could do any of those things.
Those athletes you are seeing on TV are THE BEST IN THE WORLD. CrossFit is simply a general Strength and Conditioning protocol that can be applied to anyone; all ages, body types, abilities, fitness levels etc. We start at your level and go from there.
I’ve heard of people getting injured. Can I get hurt doing this?
Of course. CrossFit is an athletic endeavor and as such contains the potential for injury (so does walking across your ice covered porch in the morning). That being said, the gym environment is quite controlled. In our opinion more controlled than playing a game of soccer or basketball. Safety and proper instruction is the first order of business when you step into our gym and we work very hard to minimize the instance of injury.
I have a friend that does CrossFit and he/she told me all about what it’s like and how much it costs. So all CrossFit gyms are the same then right?
Actually they are not. CrossFit gyms aren’t franchised, they are all independently owned and operated. So while the common thread of using the CrossFit method remains, many things will vary, often drastically, from gym to gym. Just a few differences you may find: the vibe, the facility, the level of coaching, services included with membership, price, programming, hours, clientele (demographic), class types and more.
So how is YOUR gym different from all the other CrossFit gyms around?
To truly answer this question, you’ll have to come down and see for yourself. That’s what our complimentary intro session is for. However, here are some things worth mentioning about our gym:
- Emphasis on a high level of coaching and technical instruction.
- A comprehensive structural analysis performed on all clients and specific programming tailored to suit the needs and variation within each person (we don’t just throw one training session up on the board and have everyone do the same thing). This helps each client understand where they are at developmentally and what they are working towards.
- A dedicated Fundamentals/Beginner Program 5 days week, start anytime. We work hard to ensure a strong mechanical and conceptual foundation from which clients can move forward into the All Levels Class. This CANNOT be accomplished in 2 or 3 hours. We take the time to do more.
- Classes are capped at 13 so the coaches can focus on a quality interaction with the clients during class.
- Nutrition and lifestyle consulting included in your membership.
- Private sessions with our coaches included in your membership.
- A laid back atmosphere where all are welcome.
- A community of people that actually know each other.
How many times a week should I come?
This will vary from person to person. The average client at our gym trains 3 days/week. One of the best things about CrossFit is that it’s very potent. You can get a maximal return for a pretty minimal investment (3 hours week). We do have people that train as a lifestyle and take this very seriously, often attending as many as 5 days/week. We also have clients that are just getting their feet wet with a 1x week membership. Generally we encourage the majority of new clients to start with a 2-3x week membership.
I’ve heard that CrossFit endorses a “Paleo/Caveman diet”. Do I have to eat differently?
That’s completely up to you. We simply want to help you meet your goals. There is a very strong correlation between what you eat and how your body looks, feels and performs. The degree to which clients implement a “Paleo” concept corresponds directly to lean body mass, reducing chronic inflammation and disease, feeling better and seeing performance gains in and out of the gym. If you’re happy with what you’re doing and what you’ve got, great. If not, we’ll help you go down the road towards a leaner, healthier, happier you.