CrossFit can be intimidating…We get it…but it doesn’t have to be! We have been open since 2008 and have talked to thousands of inquiring minds about the pros, cons, questions, concerns and benefits of CrossFit. There is a lot of uncertainty about Crossfit because most people’s introduction to CrossFit is either a crazy video on the internet or the sport of CrossFit on ESPN…neither of which accurately depicts what goes on in the over 12,000 CrossFit gyms around the world.
Though we enjoy and appreciate the feats performed at the CrossFit Games, we at Red River CrossFit truly embrace the CrossFit culture that was most pervasive when we began holding workouts at A.C. Steere park in 2007. It was a culture of being the best you possible – not about winning a competition – and that is the culture that we created at Red River CrossFit.
When done right, CrossFit can be a tremendously beneficial program for all fitness levels of the population. The problem is finding the simple answers of what it is, what it does, and how to get started. To help you along the way, we wrote this article to give you the facts about what CrossFit is and how to get started on your journey to the best you possible and we will do that by addressing some of the most common questions that we have received over the years.
What is CrossFit?
“CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness. The aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.” – CrossFit.com
CrossFit is a lifestyle and a vision. But in more concrete terms, CrossFit is a training program that improves strength and conditioning, burns body fat and builds muscle through varied functional training workouts – or WODs. We focus on functional movements such as:
– Running – KB Swings
– Rowing – Presses
– Pullups – Deadlifts
– Pushups – Barbell Squats
– Air Squats – Power Cleans
Group classes are the perfect solution for any individual looking for a supportive community that shares their desire to be healthier and happier.
Fraction of the Cost of Personal Training
Group classes allow our members to work with a professional coach for a fraction of the investment. All of our members are assigned to one of our coaches, who are responsible for monitoring progress and holding their athletes accountable to achieving their fitness goals.
In our one-hour group sessions, participants will be lead through multiple phases of fitness and recovery:
- Mobility drills to improve and restore joint mobility and function;
- Skill-based warm-up to prepare the body for the strength/skill/workout;
- Strength/Skill session- Focusing on development of our strength needs and skill development
- The Workout of the Day- which might be any combination of gymnastics, running, jumping, squatting, kettlebells, Olympic weightlifting, and more.
- Post-workout recovery techniques to prepare you for the rest of your day and for your next workout.
Here at Red River CrossFit, our programs are designed to improve our members’ health and performance in the way that is most meaningful for their needs and desires.
As everyone walking in our doors has a vast range of personal goals and ability levels, our group classes are designed with the flexibility to meet those needs. While not as specific as an individualized program designed just for you, our group classes still allow our members to choose from two different paths to achieve their goals:
Is CrossFit Right For Me?
When done correctly, all fitness levels can benefit from CrossFit. CrossFit is a program that specializes in not specializing. That means it’s designed to make you good at everything. What that means to us is that it prepares you for life – everything from surviving emergency situations to making you a better tennis player to giving you more energy, mobility, and strength to play with your children/grandchildren. It also means having more confidence in yourself.
Sounds great right? Well, just because most people can benefit from CrossFit does not mean that CrossFit is the correct program for everybody.
CrossFit is hard – physically and mentally. Our workouts can be scaled to any fitness level, but you are still expected to push yourself…and that can be uncomfortable for some. However, the best program for you is the one that you will stick to for a long time. If that training is lower intensity – that’s great – it’s just not us.
Also, you have to like people at least a little bit. CrossFit is mostly group training (we do offer personal training as well) and, as such, you have to communicate and interact with other human beings. With that said, CrossFit attracts a different breed. The CrossFit community is positive, encouraging and supportive. We hold each other to higher standards. We expect you to get better – not just in the gym but as a person.
The best way to know if CrossFit is right for you is to try it out. It’s very hard to express the feeling of a CrossFit workout. So, we welcome you to come try out a class or get started in our Foundations class. Just fill out the form below to get it set up.