GETTING STARTED - FAQ's

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We don’t expect this page will answer all of your questions, but we do hope it provides a bit more information. If we haven’t addressed your specific question below – give us a call at (704) 300-8360, or send an email to jason@crossfitnorthlake.com!

Is CrossFit for me?
CrossFit can be for everyone – businessmen, moms, seniors, elite athletes – you name it! It does not matter what your current fitness level is; increased cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance are each important to the world’s best athletes and to you.

Do I workout on my own or do I have a trainer?
You will have a trainer. At CrossFit Northlake each class is led by one or more trained and certified coaches. Training is done in small groups, which is where the fun, competitiveness, and camaraderie come from. A typical class will consist of a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the WOD (Workout of the Day), examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.

Do I need to be in shape first?
We scale every workout to match your current abilities and will increase load as your fitness progresses. If you are not a strong runner for example, we’ll have you row instead. Modified movements are a fundamental part of CrossFit and many people modify movements for different reasons – not just fitness level. If you can walk and move, you are ready to come to CrossFit.

What does it cost?
Come in for your FREE introductory session and we can discuss a plan that is right for you. We can also see if you are eligible for any discounts. Discounts are available for military, police, fire, and teachers.

I would love to drop-in. Can I and how much does it cost?
We love drop-in guests. The cost to drop-in is $20 per class. We look forward to seeing you.

What does WOD mean?
WOD stands for Workout Of the Day. Like the name says each day has its own workout.

What is the advantage of CrossFit over other programs?
CrossFit works because our brand of fitness is broad and inclusive. There are 10 General Physical Skills we promote at CrossFit. They are:

  1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  4. Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
  9. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  10. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.

Because of the focus on each of these skills, our athletes see significant improvements in their body composition, work capacity, health markers (BP, Cholesterol, etc.), and their ability to perform tasks in sport and in their daily lives.

Is CrossFit a cardio or a weightlifting program?
It’s both! We perform functional movements at high intensity, giving you a comprehensive full-body workout in under an hour. Classes are instructor-led and peer-driven, providing an excellent mixture of individual coaching and group motivation. Workouts are constantly varied and unique, ensuring that you always make progress. We combine elements of bootcamp workouts, gymnastics (especially rings and floor work), Olympic weightlifting, rowing, and running. Some workouts are done for time, others for maximum number of reps. The possibilities for fitness are endless: Monday, you could be doing push-ups, squats, and pull-ups. Tuesday, you could be doing box jumps, presses, and jump-rope. We have a huge number of exercises to choose from, so working out never becomes boring!

How long is the average CrossFit workout?
Sessions are scheduled for 1 hour. This typically will include a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the workout, examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.

Do I need any special equipment?
Nope. Just show up with a good attitude, and the desire to sweat and work hard – we’ll provide the rest!

I don’t want to get too bulky – will CrossFit add too much muscle?
Not to worry. CrossFit will increase lean body mass, but not to the degree most people think. Since CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program and not a bodybuilding program, your results will be a leaner, more toned version of yourself.

Where can I get more info on CrossFit and/or CrossFit Northlake?
The pages under our Getting Started section will provide a good foundation and there are also videos to show you all of the different exercises and movements. As far as learning more about CrossFit Northlake, pricing or upcoming classes, please send us a note from our contact us page or give us a call – (704) 300-8360 – we love showing off our facility (aka Box) and discussing how CrossFit can benefit you!