What IS CrossFit?
Per the CrossFit Training Guide: “CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. The program is designed to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.” If you would like to learn more, follow this link for “What is CrossFit?”
I am not an athlete, nor have I worked out a day in my life… is CrossFit for me?
Absolutely! The beauty of CrossFit is that it is completely scalable to anyone’s fitness level/ability. You will perform the same workouts regardless of whether you just got off the couch or you are already an elite athlete, the only difference will be in the degree of work. For example, if the WOD calls for pull ups, the beginner will likely be doing ring rows, while the more experienced athlete will perform the pull ups. Both are pulling motions and vary only in degree of difficulty. The benefit is the same for both individuals.
I’ve already been doing CrossFit on my own/at another box… do I have to take the “Getting Started” class?
No, but you will have to do a “test-in.” This is to ensure that your technique in each of the nine foundational movements in CrossFit is correct. Email email@example.com to set up your time for a test-in.
I don’t want to lift weights. Won’t I bulk up and lose flexibility?
No! CrossFit is not designed to make you big and bulky. You will lose fat. You will gain lean muscle mass. You will not lose flexibility (remember that flexibility is one of the ten fitness domains that CrossFit aims to build). If bulking up is your goal, the workout can be scaled to achieve it, but regular CrossFit workouts are not designed to bulk you up or decrease flexibility.