CrossFit is a new way of fitness training and a new way of thinking about health and human performance.
It is a fitness revolution.
CrossFit is the most effective, and fastest growing strength and conditioning training method in existence. Here’s a look inside the numbers:
What is CrossFit? Here’s the short version:
CrossFit Methodology and Objective:
CrossFit training is based upon a workout system of constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity level. Functional movements are natural, multi-joint movements, performed from the body core to the extremities. A typical training session lasts about an hour – hard and fast – conducted in a group together with other CrossFitters, creating an atmosphere of team support and motivation, intensity, and fun . Crossfit is always performed under the guidance of a certified coach, who will ensure proper mechanics and consistency, and monitor the performance and progress of each member.
The Business News Network refers to CrossFit as the “fastest growing fitness movement on the planet.” CrossFit has already been adopted by U.S Military Special Operations Forces, including the Navy SEALs. CrossFit has also attracted many police and fire departments, and a wide variety of professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletic programs. And do you remember those great Spartan physiques in the movie “300”? They were CrossFit trained. But where CrossFit is making the greatest impact is with everyday people, who are just tired of mediocrity.
CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program. On the contrary, the CrossFit objective is to become proficient in a wide range of skill categories. Those categories are cardiovascular / respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance. Many athletes who are great in certain sports, have large gaps in their overall fitness, as defined by these skill categories. Iron-man competitors, for example, score high in some areas and low in others. The marathoner dominates cardio endurance, but can lack strength. The power lifter is strong but often lacks agility and endurance. The body builder is muscular, but is deficient in almost every athletic area and lacks coordination, balance, and the ability to move through full ranges of motion. Experienced CrossFitters may not be the very strongest athletes out there, but they are strong. They may not be the fastest either, but they are fast. Where they are exceptional, however, is in their completeness as an athlete. CrossFitters excel in their general physical preparedness, their ability to be ready for the unknown and the unknowable , and in their overall fitness and health.
Although CrossFit is often used to supplement sport-specific training for many competitive athletes, CrossFit is anti-specialization. For the CrossFitter, fitness itself is the sport, and indeed, CrossFit draws many fine athletes into its ranks. CrossFit’s greatest quality, however, is that it is easily adaptable to men and women of all fitness levels, of all ages, and from all walks of life. Businessmen, housewives, teachers, children, high school and college athletes, and even grandparents will all complete the same workouts but at their own level of intensity. The fitness needs and physical requirements of our members differ only by degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a CrossFit Freedom member to train at CrossFit Freedom?
CrossFit Freedom has several training options. For general CrossFit classes you will need to first complete our Foundations Course. Our Freedom Fitness class is open to anyone – no Foundations required. Personal training is open to anyone – just schedule an appointment.
What makes CrossFit Freedom unique?
The moment you walk in the door, you’ll notice a few qualities that make CrossFit Freedom unique. Our facility is huge, larger than most CrossFit gyms. The training floor is organized, filled with top notch equipment. The bathrooms are spacious, complete with showers. Real Clean Paleo, LLC has just installed their commercial kitchen making us the only CrossFit in the area which offers fresh meals made daily ready for pickup. We have a separate training room which is used for our CrossFit Kids program as well as our Yoga classes. And lastly our facility is staffed with highly experienced, certified, humble and friendly coaches eager to welcome you. CrossFit Freedom prides itself on its professionalism, programming, exceptional facility and coaches.
If I’m new to CrossFit, where do I begin?
All new CrossFit Freedom monthly members start with our Foundations program. This is a progressive introduction to the foundational movements performed in CrossFit. From basic squats to technical Olympic lifts, learn the proper techniques (and common mistakes) to enhance your movement awareness, quality, consistency, and performance. Meet our coaches, learn our principles and prepare to perform.
What if I’m unable to participate in the Foundations program? Can I still participate in CrossFit classes?
You may participate in our Freedom Fitness classes however, if you want to join our regularly scheduled CrossFit classes you will first need to complete Foundations. For those who cannot attend the Foundations schedule we offer one-on-one Foundations training. Contact us today to schedule your appointments.
Should my goal be to perform all movements at the prescribed level?
Your first goal should be to emphasize movement quality and consistency. Those who move well and do so with great consistency have tremendous potential for progress. Workouts should be scaled to ensure a sustained level of high power output. This is how we measure intensity.
What types of exercises/movements will I be doing?
CrossFit training involves body weight/gymnastics-based training, Olympic and powerlifting, and various forms of cardiovascular training. However, you do only what’s appropriate for you. All workouts are scaled to an appropriate complexity and intensity for your demonstrated ability.
What does WOD mean?
“Workout of the Day”
I’m afraid of getting injured. How can I best avoid this?
Our CrossFit coaching staff is here to ensure that you’re moving at your best, and using load that’s appropriate for your ability level. Anything that’s performed slightly improperly, but frequently, or highly improperly can result in an injury. Our job is to put you in the best possible position to create positive returns on your investment.
How often should I CrossFit?
How often you CrossFit depends on your prior CrossFit experience, conditioning level, movement quality, movement consistency, workout intensity, goals, schedule, and a number of additional factors. We have athletes who train once a week, 2-3 times a week, and 6 times a week. Recovery is a necessary component to your overall wellness and should be relative to the intensity of your training.
What does a typical CrossFit Freedom class look like?
Every day a warm-up will be posted that best prepares athletes for the demands to come in that day’s workout. We encourage each athlete to arrive early to class, check-in, and begin performing the coach-led warm-up. The class will then begin with a detailed overview of the workout complete with movement demonstration. Depending on the format of the programming, the group then moves into their strength/skill component, followed by the WOD. The volume of each program section will vary pending the desired outcome of the WOD.
Do I have to be in shape before I begin CrossFitting?
CrossFit accepts all fitness abilities. You don’t have to be “fit” before you begin CrossFitting. However, we do require the following: 1. Be coachable. You’re here for a reason and so are we. We want to help. 2. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Progress is not made from keeping yourself comfortable. Progress is made and results are found outside your comfort zone. 3. Support your fellow classmate. The fitness journey requires support. You’ll need it and others will need it from you.
How long will it take before I begin seeing results?
Results vary and depend on the quality, intensity and consistency of your training, as well as your nutrition, stress management and sleep. But if you stick with it and commit, you will get in the best shape of your life – guaranteed.
What is Wodify?
Wodify is a software system developed by athletes for athletes. It allows you to view class schedule, track your performance and nutrition, and connect with other athletes from your desktop, tablet, or Smartphone. Athletes can submit nutrition journals for coaches review, manage billing options, view workout and movement progress over time and much more.
Is CrossFit the only type of training I should be doing?
Stay active and learn new sports. The workout that’s best for you is one you’re committed to, enjoy, and find helpful for your lifestyle. For some, CrossFit provides this type of training. You may want to complement CrossFit with yoga, Pilates, endurance, strength or mobility training.