Q. I have never lifted weights. How do I know if CrossFit is for me?
A. CrossFit is for everyone. All of the workouts are designed for scalability. We can modify any lift or movement to your fitness level.
Q. I haven’t worked out in a long time; do I need to get in shape first?
A. No! When you walk in the door, wherever you are on your fitness journey, that’s where you begin. CrossFit is infinitely scalable to any ability level. CrossFit has successfully trained those who struggle to walk across a room, those who have 100 pounds or more to lose, kids, and yes, even the most elite athletes and those who fight to protect us. CrossFit is a method, not a pass/fail system. Your physical condition right now is not relevant to whether you are “ready to start CrossFit.” It’s okay if you've looked at the workout of the day (WOD) and thought “I can’t do that.” Performing the WOD as prescribed is meant to challenge the fittest athletes. Most people scale the WOD to their ability level.
Q. Is CrossFit safe?
A. Yes. We operate on a principle of mechanics first, then consistency, then intensity.
First, we teach you the mechanics of a movement. This starts in our Fundamentals Class, and continues with a refresher on the proper mechanics of a movement before each workout.
Second, we look for you to display the correct mechanics — consistently. If you aren't consistent, we'll work with you to lower the weight or otherwise alter the prescribed movements so you are capable of moving the weight correctly and consistently.
Finally, after you have the mechanics and consistency with those movements, we introduce you to intensity. We never throw you into something you aren't ready for, and you are always in control. We are here to lead and instruct you, but you always have the option to say “I’m not ready for that."
Is there an opportunity to get hurt? Absolutely — just like there’s an opportunity to get hurt doing anything. Unlike a Globo Gym though, our trainers are always on hand to teach the correct movements, scale them to the appropriate level for each athlete, and help protect our athletes during the workout.
Q. What should I bring to my first class?
A. The only thing you need to bring to the workout is you — excited and ready to work out. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out the proper paperwork on the first day. Other than that, have fun, ask as many questions as you’d like, and push yourself to see what you can really do. EAfter the first class, you can arrive at the scheduled class time.
Q. How do group classes work?
A. After you complete the Fundamentals Class, you’re ready for our regular group classes. Training at a CrossFit gym is a blend of personal training and group exercise classes. At Sweat Factory CrossFit, one or more trainers conduct and guide each class. The trainers will help you determine whether you need to scale the WOD based on your ability, any injuries and other factors. Every class performs the WOD together, and the trainers give individual attention to each athlete. A trainer will lead the warm-up, refresh everyone on proper movements and standards, coach each athlete for proper range of motion and safety, and encourage each athlete during the WOD.
You’re not paying for a basic Globo Gym-style membership at Sweat Factory CrossFit. You’re paying for a personal trainer, nutrition counselor and motivator who helps you get results!
Workouts are generally timed or measured in some way. In CrossFit, every class is a friendly environment of encouragement and competition. Not only does this help push you to greater achievement, it’s also a ton of fun! This is an environment where you cheer for and encourage your opponents, celebrate with your peers when they outperform you — and they, in turn, respect your efforts to beat them. You simply have to experience it to understand … so why not give it a shot today?
Q. What can I expect at Sweat Factory CrossFit?
A. Expect the unexpected! CrossFit can give you the opportunity to be in the best shape of your life, to find and break your limitations — and to conquer the seemingly impossible. Know that if you put in the effort, you will get stronger, faster and healthier while surrounded by a community that constantly strives for excellence! If you know nothing else, know you will be better!