Frequently Asked Questions
Are all CrossFit gyms the same?
CrossFit gyms are all independently owned and operated. All CrossFit affiliated gyms require at least one coach certified in the basic principles of CrossFit, but beyond that, each CrossFit gym is free to operate however it wishes. There is a lot of variety out there! Almost all CrossFit gyms believe in the fundamental principles of the CrossFit methodology, but each gym has its own personality and spin on how to best implement the fundamentals. We encourage all of our new members to check out a few different gyms to find the one that fits them best before settling in. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself and your prospective coaches before you pick your CrossFit gym:
- Does the energy and atmosphere suit you?
- Does it look like a fun place that you will look forward to coming to on a regular basis?
- Are the coaches biased toward a single facet of fitness or are they dedicated to well-rounded fitness?
- Do the coaches ask you questions about your goals and how you are feeling or do they only talk about their beliefs and preferences?
- Do the coaches give you the support you deserve to reach your goals, or are they just running you through the movements and counting your reps?
How does CrossFit define Fitness?
General Physical Preparedness (GPP).
The aim of GPP is to be better prepared for the unknown and the unknowable—broad, general and inclusive fitness.
Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.
- Increased work capacity – the ability to perform more “work”; i.e., move larger loads, longer distances in less time.
- Broad time domains – the ability to perform work for various durations of time; e.g. seconds, minutes, hours, years, decades.
- Modal domains – the ability to perform work in a variety of ways (e.g. walk, run, jump, climb, pull, push, throw, lift, carry, etc.)
What type of person is CrossFit intended for?
CrossFiters come in all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and abilities. CrossFit is all about reaching and then redefining your own potential. All of our workouts are scalable to suit ANY fitness level, from children to seniors. Male and female CrossFitters are almost split 50/50 nationally.
I went to CrossFit.com and saw some insane workouts! Do you expect me to do that?
As defined by CrossFit Founder, Greg Glassman, the Workout of the Day on CrossFit.com is, “designed to exceed the capacities of the world’s fittest human beings.” By definition, strictly following all of the workouts as posted on CrossFit.com is inappropriate for just about everyone. We program our own workouts, but with influences from CrossFit.com.
What should I do to prepare for CrossFit?
Every workout will be modified or scaled to your current ability. If you haven’t moved much lately, we will ramp you up slowly through our Fundamentals and a commitment to safe modified progressions thereafter.
Do I need to do anything else in addition to CrossFit?
Don’t let the shorter duration of some of our workouts and constant variance fool you; you will probably do more work in a 20 minute CrossFit workout than you would in multiple days of traditional gym routines. For most people, doing a CrossFit workout of the day with good intensity a few days a week will be challenging enough.
If I do CrossFit, do I really need to watch what I eat and drink?
As powerful as CrossFit is, it cannot overcome poor eating and drinking habits. You are of course free to eat and drink whatever you like, but if you really want to see dramatic results, good nutrition is crucial. Part of your Fundamentals program will include some guidance on the simple and powerful principals of good nutrition.