Here are some of the most common questions and comments that people make or ask about CrossFit & CrossFit workouts:
Do I need to get into shape before I start?
This is a common misunderstanding. Fitness is a life long journey. We have athletes that start at all different levels of conditioning. CrossFit is very efficient at improving your fitness no matter where you start. The workouts you see posted on our web site for our athletes can be scaled specifically to meet the needs of each individual in our classes.
How do I start becoming CrossFit?
Your CrossFit plan will begin with learning the basics of the core lifts, and will build on these. No previous physical skills or athletic abilities are required. Anyone can join, all are welcome. Each participant will receive personal instruction and coaching during our classes.
That sounds hard. What if the WOD is compromised of things I can’t do?
It is hard, and yes, you can really do this.
One of the coolest things about CrossFit is everyone can do the workouts! Each of our workouts is scalable, which means that they can be adjusted to provide the correct amount of challenge for everyone, from elite athletes to beginners. Scaling or modifying our workouts is an extremely important tool and necessary for every CrossFitter’s safety and success. Our coaches will teach you how to correctly perform the movements required during each workout, and will help you select an amount of weight or a variation on an exercise that is appropriate for you.
Our goal is for every athlete to leave class feeling utterly exhausted and, at the same time, extremely proud of the feats that they accomplished. And of course, we measure each athletes progress so that they can easily look back and see how far they’ve progressed.
Am I too old/young to begin doing CrossFit?
We have CrossFit members from 5 to 65 years old. CrossFit can be adapted to meet the abilities of any age or level of fitness.
How do I know if I’m getting more fit?
A Benchmark WOD is a workout where you can collect measurable, repeatable data, to track your fitness and progress. Benchmark WOD’s make irregular appearances in the “Workout of the Day.” There are many standard Benchmark WODs in the CrossFit Community. At the CFE, we have a “CrossFit Everett Baseline” which is one of your keys to fitness – 400m Run, then 21-15-9 repetitions of Squats | Pushups | Pullups, then 400m Run.
Is this a gym?
Nope. We’re not a globo gym. You can’t come in here, put on your iPod, and do your own thing. We are a coaching facility for fitness-minded people and for athletes. You don’t pay us to use the equipment, you pay us to get results in your body and your mind. To do that, we all work out together and you get a lot of coaching. In a way, we’re like a sports team – except CrossFit is the sport of fitness.
Why only classes? Why can’t I come in whenever I want?
Group workouts get better results. You’ll push yourself harder and have more fun in a group. Guaranteed.
What if I am injured?
We have worked with a number of people with significant injuries. All workouts can be scaled to account for someones injury or lack of mobility. Many of our athletes have found relief from back and neck pain by strengthening the muscles that support these areas. All too often people neglect exercising due to a previous injury creating a situation where they are more susceptible re-injuring the affected area. We have found that CrossFit provides people with an increase in strength and mobility that acts a buffer to future injury.
Can I really get a good workout in 60 minutes?
Absolutely yes. There is a growing volume of research on High Intensity Training (HIT) that shows the benefits of shorter and more intense workouts.
Not only can you get a substantial workout session in an hour, but with CrossFit you also learn, develop and refine an abundance of physical skills, training techniques and mobility drills. With specific teaching progressions and our focus on the science of mechanics of movement , you can increase your physical abilities with just 2-4 hours each week. It is not magic, it is hard work… and the results speak for themselves.
I am afraid that I will get too bulky.
This is a common concern for new members. In order to get bulky you would need to do all of the following:
- Eat an extremely high calorie diet: Athletes focused on putting on muscle mass often consume in excess of 3000 calories a day.
- Spend most of your time lifting very heavy weights: While CrossFit members do spend some time picking up heaving weights it is only a portion of our workouts.
- Be genetically predisposed to adding muscle: Women especially, are not hormonally predisposed to add large amounts of muscle.
Many of the exercises that have a bad rap these days have it for one reason…people have been doing them wrong! When performed correctly, the squat has been shown to HELP many joint problems, not cause them. And, the deadlift is a vital move for lower back and core strength and for learning proper lifting mechanics.That’s why we put a lot of emphasis on learning and practice before a workout. You wouldn’t give someone with no prior training a pair of boxing gloves and throw them in the ring, would you? Of course not…and neither would we!
Every specialized athlete has clear deficiencies. CrossFit will target your weaknesses and improving these areas will make you a dramatically better sport-specific athlete.
I just relocated here, but I’ve been CrossFitting so long that I named my kids Fran, Helen and Murph. Can I please come to a group class?
You still need to attend our free intro class or call to set up a private intro so we can get to know you better and get a feel for the type of membership option that works best for you.
Do you have showers?
Yes we do! We have 3 bathrooms and 2 of those bathrooms have individual showers. You need to bring your favorite shower essentials and a towel.