What is CrossFit?

The best thing you can do is read, search, and read some more before asking questions about CrossFit. Go to CrossFit.com and click on “get started”. Start with the What is CrossFit? and How To Start pages, review the Exercises & Demos, and dig through the discussion board.

Why CrossFit versus a regular “globo” gym?

The business model for most franchised gyms (we call them “globo-gyms”) is they want you to sign up and never come in. You may get a tour of the gym, or a quick overview of the equipment with a trainer, but you’re on your own after that. They won’t be there to ensure that you use good form when the weight gets heavy or you get tired.

Further, you are as accountable to us as we are to you! We believe in earning your loyalty, that’s why we don’t charge initiation fees. If you haven’t come in for a while, we notice. So will the members you’ve grown accustomed to working out with. Expect a call or an email, or even a friendly call out on Facebook, if you haven’t been coming in! There will ALWAYS be a coach watching form in our classes. This helps you avoid injuries and gives you the confidence to best your previous efforts. Plus, you can drop the bars and weights on the floor, our floors and weights are made for it! And chalk up!

For the kind of money you are asking for, why don’t I just go find a Personal Trainer?

You could do that, but you will pay more. Let’s say you find someone that’s willing to train you for $25/session and we’ll even go as far to say that they have every piece of equipment that you’ll find at CrossFit Chilliwack. Even if you only go 3 times a week (we encourage 4+), that’s $300 per month, well over our price. Also, you probably wouldn’t find the camaraderie, competitive push, and/or the support that you’ll feel working with others in a group setting. If you’re finished first, you’re still expected to support everyone else that is still working. So, when you’re done, you’re not really done!

I heard from my gym that CrossFit can hurt you, is this true?

ANYTHING you do in life can injure you if you don’t do it correctly, or haven’t taken into consideration your level of fitness, flexibility or health. If you’re spending too much time on the couch right now, that’s hurting you, too! Runner’s get shin splints, tennis players get tennis elbows, strength trainers get strains, basketball players get sprained ankles, couch potatoes get obesity, high blood pressure and coronaries. At CrossFit Chilliwack you will learn proper mechanics before intensity. We will hold you to account by keeping a watchful eye on you during your entire workout of the day (WOD). By improving your mechanics, strength and flexibility and overall fitness, you will actually make yourself more resilient and harder to break. CrossFit done properly, is both safe and potent.

What should I expect in my first workout session?

You will have fun, meet some new people and learn something new for starters. Saturday classes are typically team workouts of the day (WoDs) and are a good time to come. You will be paired with a more experienced CrossFitter who will help you once your initial instruction is concluded and the workout begins. The required Elements Course will have you surrounded by others who are also new to CrossFit. During the Elements Course you will be shown and then you will practice the 9 foundational movements of CrossFit so that when you begin to integrate yourself into the regular classes everything will seem less intimidating. You will always be in a coached environment, the coaches are there to ensure you are moving properly in line with the techniques you are being shown so you stay SAFE. After each WOD, there will be some cool down, stretching and some mobility work to help you work on your flexibility and resilience.

Is it true that CrossFit is only for elite athletes, firefighters, military and police?

It is true that CrossFit is ideally suited for the rigours of elite athletes, soldiers and first responders. They are by definition what CrossFit prepares you for, the unknown and unknowable. While CrossFit challenges the world’s fittest, the program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change the program. The needs of Olympic athletes, cops, soldiers and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. That is; CrossFit is for anyone committed to getting better.

Do I have to be in shape to take CrossFit classes?

No. Really! There is a common misconception that CrossFit is for elite athletes. The truth is that it is for everyone. Sure, we say that we are “forging elite fitness” and indeed we are. This means that you start the journey where you are at today. And, if you stay on our path it’s likely that you will get in to the best physical and emotional shape of your life.

Do you recommend training daily?

No. Maximum benefits are derived from intensity coupled with suitable recovery so we recommend that you take time to recover so that you perform your best at every session. This will prevent injury from overtraining. You may be surprised to learn that more training volume doesn’t always mean greater fitness or faster progression.

On the other end of the spectrum, we do want to see people coming in on a regular basis. Generally, the CrossFit prescription is 3 days on and 1 day off. Of course, everyday life doesn’t see it that way. At a minimum, we want you in 3 to 4 days per week. Your success matters to us, and the only way to achieve that is if you work with consistency.

What makes CrossFit different than other gyms?

CrossFit is about variance and adaptation. We “program” our workouts for General Physical Preparedness, or GPP. We don’t have leg days, back- and bi- days, or cardio days. We believe the body is a whole system, and you need to strengthen it as a whole.

So for you, this means you’re a better runner than the best weightlifter, a better lifter than the best marathoner, and generally physically prepared for anything in your everyday life. Plus you’ll live in a healthy body with a strong, lean physique.

The best part is that every workout is lead by a qualified coach and you’re joined by like-minded people who want to be and feel better.

Will I get massive if I do CrossFit?

This is a common concern, especially for women, when really it shouldn’t be. Generally speaking, women are not hormonally predisposed to building large amounts of muscle. Adding lean mass requires dedication to a high-calorie diet and a focus on lifting heavy weights, often. While weightlifting is a key component in our programming, it is just part of the wider fitness model that is CrossFit. Our aim is to make you fitter, stronger, healthier and more confident than when you first walked in the door.

What is Elements and why do I need to do it?

Elements consists of 6 sessions in which new CrossFit athletes learn the 9 foundational movements of CrossFit under the direction of a qualified coach. Athletes are exposed to other movements found within the CrossFit WOD’s, such as; the basics of Olympic weightlifting, rope climbs and the Concept II Rowing machine. Completing Elements prepares the athlete for the rigours and dynamics of the group classes. There is a lot going on during CrossFit group classes and new athletes can quickly become overwhelmed the first few sessions without having first been taught the basics.

Will doing CrossFit help me reach my goals?

Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measureable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency, not only for the unknown but for the unknowable. The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.

Whether your goal is to climb a few of the mountains in the beautiful Chilliwack area, cycle the nearby roads or mountain trails, paddle the Chilliwack River or join and thrive in a specialized police or rescue unit, or simply be a little stronger in mind and body than you were yesterday, the crew at CrossFit Chilliwack can help you prepare yourself to reach those goals.

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