I’m out of shape, can I do CrossFit? Should I get in shape first?
Yes, every person willing to work hard can do CrossFit. You do not need to get in shape before you start (You wouldn’t teach yourself to swim before you saw a swim instructor, would you?). You will get in better shape, faster with us.
Is CrossFit hard?
Yes. But it works…really, really well. It’s a fair trade.
How long until I see results?
Results vary by individual. Results are also defined differently by different individuals. For most folks, it takes about 3-4 weeks to get accustomed to the basic movements and intensity. As you learn to properly perform the movements, you will be able to increase the intensity. If your goal is weight loss, this is when the magic happens. The key is to show up consistently and learn the movements. The rest will fall into place very quickly. Nutrition will also speed this process immensely.
Will Crossfit make me bulky?
CrossFit alone will not make you bulky. It will make you leaner and encourage muscle definition. Again, nutrition plays a large part in your body comp.
Is proper nutrition really important?
How many times a week should I work out?
It depends on your goals. If you just want to be healthy and improve your current fitness, then 2-4 days is great. If you are interested in competing in CrossFit or another sport, then you will need 4-6 days. Get one of the coaches to help you figure this out based on your goals.
What is foam rolling all about?
Exercise causes micro tears in soft tissues and over time this leads to knots and scar tissue. These knots and scar tissue accumulations cause tightness in the muscles and can also put unnecessary strain on tendons. This prevents the muscle from applying full power and also prevents the muscle from reaching full range of motion. If left unattended it will result in injury such as inflammation or strains.
So what is foam rolling? It is self myofascial release. Myo = muscle, fascia = a connective tissue that surrounds muscles or groups of muscles. Self myofascial release is the act of releasing the fascia from the muscle on your own, thus restoring a smooth (and natural) sliding surface. This is typically done with a foam roller but other devices of torture can be used. Check out our Nutrition page for more info.
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- The Paleo Diet – Dr. Loren Cordain
- The Paleo Diet for Athletes – Dr. Loren Cordain
- The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet – Robb Wolf
- Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes
- Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It – Gary Taubes
- Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar & Survival – TS Wiley & Bent Formby
- Everyday Paloe – Sarah Fragoso
- The Primal Blueprint – Mark Sisson
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training – Mark Rippetoe & Lon Kilgore
- Practical Programming – Mark Rippetoe & Lon Kilgore
- Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes & Coaches – Greg Everett
- Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning – NSCA: Thomas Baechle & Roger Earl
- Building the Gymnastics Body – Christopher Sommer
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