FAQ: New to CrossFit

I heard CrossFit is a cult.

No, if you have to call it something, call it a tribe.  Why a tribe? Because tribes work together to the group’s benefit.  We do tend to be extremely passionate about CrossFit though because it works so well for seemingly all body types and walks of life. At CrossFit DOA, our common focus is your development as a person and athlete.  We support and push each other in our efforts to achieve our goals.  There is never any shame in finishing dead last in a work out as you’ve already beaten everyone that decided to stay on the couch that day.

Why are you better than my 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 the first one-hour session.  They aren’t there to ensure technique is good 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.  WE WILL EARN YOUR BUSINESS EVERY DAY.  If you haven’t come in in a week, 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!  Of course, there will ALWAYS be a coach watching form in our classes.  This leads to less injuries and the confidence to best your previous efforts.  Plus, you can drop the bars and weights on the floor at CrossFit DOA.  Our floors and weights are made for it!

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’d end up paying a great deal more.  Let’s say you find someone that’s willing to train you for $25/session.  Even if you only go 3 times a week (we encourage 4+), that’s $300 per month, well over our price.  

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

Yes and no. 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 DOA we will instill Technique BEFORE Intensity.  We will keep you safe by having a watchful eye on you during your entire WOD.  

What makes it so different from all the other stuff out there (bootcamps, P90X, gyms) that tells me it will get me in shape?

Admittedly, most of our functional movements and exercises aren’t ground-breaking or new.  However, the way we mix them up and combine that with knowledgeable eyes-on coaching is NEW.   If you’re working out at home, you risk bad technique and probably not pushing your strength potential.  At an ordinary bootcamp, they vary exercises, but gainingreal strength may be an issue as well as certified coaching.  Gyms, may give you all the great equipment, but can you drop it if it gets too heavy? Or have the ability to gauge your intensity?  Is the coaching affordable?  Is there enough equipment available and is laid out so that you can maintain intensity safely?  Simply stated:  our dose of exercise programming is the most potent out there.  Come in and see for yourself, we offer a FREE week to all new members

What should I expect in my first workout session?

Fun for one.  Learning something new for another. There will be a full body warm-up that we will walk you through on the Board. Then we’ll go through the technique of the movements in preparation of the day’s work and any extra mobility work needed.  And then we’ll sweat.  Coaches will be on hand to ensure you are moving properly in line with the technique we just showed you so you stay SAFE.  After, there’ll be mobility work to ensure you remain flexible and injury free.

I heard that CrossFit is too challenging for someone like me.  Is that true?

The answer to your question is a resounding “No.”  One of the beauties of CrossFit is that it is infinitely scalable, which means that we can tailor any movement we ask our members to do to meet your current level of fitness.   

What does Scalable mean?

It means we can adapt the work out to suit your, or anyone’s, level of fitness and ability. Scaled according to your ability!

Can I just show up for any WOD class?

Yes, as we teach technique in every class but please email, text or Facebook us prior to coming in so we can be fully prepared for your arrival.

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

Absolutely not.  Anyone can gain from the benefits of CrossFit. It is true that CrossFit was initially designed as a fitness program for firefighters, military and police who needed to have a level of fitness to be ready for anything (what we call the unknowable and unknown).  This level of fitness allows them to not only be able to save their own lives, but other lives as well. Everyone can benefit from being stronger, faster and more functional.

Do I have to train every day in CrossFit?

No, we encourage you to train intensely but also rest periodically. Over-training is something we discourage because it does not help you achieve your fitness or health goals and increases the risk of injury.  We recommend either a 3 days on, 1 day off approach.

Is CrossFit a sport?

Originally, it was meant to supplement your life and make you better at your other activities.  However, is has, itself, turned into the Sport of Fitness.   CrossFit has its own CrossFit Games  with everyone having a fair and equal chance of making it to the elite finals.  Our very own Head Coach and Owner placed 23rd in the entire world in the 2014 CrossFit Open.