(Frequently Asked Questions)
Shouldn’t I get in shape before I start?
This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete in the world could come into our training center and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. Regardless of your fitness level you can start CrossFit. We offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey, not a destination.
Will I aggravate previous injuries?
Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or tweaks and have found relief by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. Many times what we refer to as “injuries” are actually imbalances. A small injury in one location leads to a compensation which thereby leads to another small injury and the problem cascades. By properly mobilizing the body and strengthening it, we can often correct these imbalances.
Isn’t there a greater risk of injuring my back?
All too often people neglect exercising their lower back due to fear of injury or they execute movements improperly which leads to injury. By avoiding these movements they end up de-conditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you with a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries.
Is CrossFit dangerous?
You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day. We work with people in three stages: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), consistency (the ability to do the movements repeatedly with safe and efficient technique), and intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). These are taught in order of precedence. We always start with mechanics.
Isn’t CrossFit too hard for most people?
CrossFit is as hard as you make 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.
Can I get a good workout in such a short amount of time?
Yes. More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield greater benefits/results. 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. We will go longer than 30 minutes 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.
Will I get too big and bulky?
In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do: pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis and eat an extremely high calorie diet. We do neither of these things. Yes, we are very much concerned about increasing your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. The majority of our workouts provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass). As for eating, we do our best to help you eat the proper kind and amount of food to maintain lean muscle without gaining fat.
What are your goals when programming?
We take the same approach as the main site (CrossFit.com) while addressing the needs/desires of our community. In general we try to have one day a week with heavy loading to help address strength demands and another day with a longer workout to get people’s “endurance” bug fed. We also address weaknesses the gym may have as a whole, things like overhead squats, Olympic lifting, or basic technique with bodyweight movements. Our philosophy is the same as the main site (constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity). We just try to meet some more specific needs of our community.
Can I just follow your blog and then do the workouts on my own?
You could just follow our blog, but you would not get the quality of teaching from our certified trainers. Most people are not taught how to move correctly and don’t know how to teach themselves. You are automatically making yourself more susceptible to injury and leveling off in your gains by trying to do this on your own. It is also infinitely more fun when you are encouraged and held accountable by a group of your peers!