CrossFit FAQ’s

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.

Aren’t you expensive?

We are, if you think steak is expensive compared to hamburger. Tastes better though, doesn’t it? Worth it? You betcha.

And, honestly, go tally up what a month of personal training sessions will cost you. 5 or 6 times a week for 4 weeks will run you over $2,000 if you hired a personal trainer at a local gym. Then come see us at a tiny fraction of that price – and get better results and have a better time. We’re actually really cheap for the service and results you receive. In fact, our prices should be even higher.

Isn’t CrossFit dangerous?

Yes, if you do it wrong. Just like brushing your teeth is dangerous if you stick the brush in your eye. Read an essay about this subject.

That’s why we have so much coaching. Most people weren’t born knowing how to perform Olympic lifts. Someone needs to teach you how to do it correctly. We’re the people to do it.

Olympic Lifting? What’s that?

The Snatch. The Clean and Jerk. That stuff you see strong guys do at the Olympics. It’s a lot of fun – and a lot of technique. It’ll develop your explosive power like nothing else. And it’s not just for Olympians. We have grandmas and nursing mothers do it, as well as big, strong guys. You can drop the weights at The Body Compound. In fact, if your lift goes bad, we want you to drop the weight. That’s why we have rubber bumper plates. Your safety is the most important thing to us.

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 are some of these abbreviations you use? What’s a WoD?

  • WoD = Workout of the Day
  • 1RM = 1 Rep Max
  • 5×5 = 5 repetitions x 5 sets

I’ve heard CrossFit is really hard. Is that true?

Great fitness doesn’t come easy. But you’re not paying for easy.

Does your gym workout right now leave you so gassed at the end that you have to lay down just to catch your breath? CrossFit will knock you flat. But that doesn’t mean you start at the hardest level. You start wherever you in particular should start. If you can only deadlift 50 pounds safely, then that’s where we start. And then we help you to get stronger. Got a real pull-up? Great, we’ll show you how to do more. Don’t have a pull-up? That’s even better. We’ll teach you how to get one – and we’ll get you strong enough to do one. No matter who you are. Women too.

So does this mean you’re going to make me puke? I hear CrossFit makes you puke.

Here’s the truth: That’s not our bag. Quite honestly, some gyms take pride in pushing their members until they puke – but we’re not one of them. Our goal is not to make you puke, but to help you learn to know your limits. Our goal is to make you test your limits, to help you see how far you can go, and then go farther. You’ll learn exactly how much CrossFit your body can handle.

My gym says they have CrossFit classes, they just call it something else. Why should I come to you?

If you want steak, come here. If you’re happy with hamburger, go to your gym. We’ve been trained in the CrossFit methods by all of the top CrossFit coaches. Our staff is highly educated in the science of athletic movement. We can pass that knowledge onto you. If you want that, come see us.

What’s your monthly membership?

Until you try CrossFit, that price is just not going to make sense. You can go look it up in the navigation, but, here’s the really weird thing about us – we don’t “sell” anything. Come in and try CrossFit for free and then walk out our door. Really. Go home and decide if you want to join. We’re not going to bug you. Just remember that price comparison between us and the globo gyms or whoever is comparing apples and oranges, ginger ale and Dom Perignon, so we just don’t do it. Instead, take a sip for free and decide for yourself. Think of it as a taste test.

How do I get started?

During your first session one of our coaches will take you through our “warm-up” observe you and determine your level of fitness. If you choose to become a member, you will be trained, according to your level of fitness, every time you walk in our door.

All too often, and with the best of intentions, we join a globo gym with high expectations only to be left with no guidance, disappointment, discouragement and failure. We’ve heard ALL the stories and we know how to help you reach your health and fitness goals IF YOU ARE READY TO CHANGE!

If you are looking for the “magic bullet” or the easy way out you won’t find it here, and we are happy to give you the phone number for a local globo gym. We will also direct you to local personal trainers who are happy to monitor mediocre progress in exchange for your cash.

We are serious about health and fitness. If you are too, email us and we’ll sit down and talk it over. I promise, you will not be exposed to any sales pitch, pressure nor deceipt. You will receive some “tough love” regarding fitness and nutrition. Our time and your time is at a premium. We love what we do and we want to be surrounded by like minded, committed individuals who work hard and reap the rewards.

Courtesy of CrossFit Watertown

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