FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is CrossFit?

It’s a workout methodology based on constantly-varied high intensity movements that help everyday life.  Why it works is because your body never adapts to any one movement thereby keeping the effect of any given day’s workout at maximum – and you never gets bored.  The intensity that everyone takes part in ends up galvanizing our supportive community. You can learn more about CrossFit HERE.

Is CrossFit like a cult?

No, if you have to call it something, call it a tribe.  Cults tend to follow blindly to a leader, tribes work together to the group’s benefit.  We do tend to be passionate about what we’ve found though because it works so well and so potently for seemingly all body types and walks of life.  What makes us different from the normal corporate chain, or “globo”, gym experience is that we develop a community spirit based on encouraging each other to succeed. 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. We are all in this together and that’s what makes CrossFit so addictive to so many people.  Besides, you will be amazed at your new level of fitness and your awesome new body.  You may find yourself spouting the virtues of what you found not long after you start as well!

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.  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 and we’ll even go as far to say that they have every piece of equipment that you’ll find at LifeThyme CrossFit.  Even if you only go 3 times a week (we encourage 4+), that’s $300 per month, well over our price.  Also, you probably wouldn’t get the camaraderie, competitive push, and/or the support that you’ll feel working with others in a group setting.  If you’re finished first, you’re still expected to support everyone else that is still working.  So, when you’re done, you’re not really done!

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

Yes and no.  First, consider the source, they don’t want you to leave and they’ll plant fear to further their gains.  OK, so onto answering the actual issue, not dodging it.  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 LifeThyme CrossFit we will instill Technique BEFORE Intensity.  We will keep you safe by having a watchful eye on you during your entire WoD.   By increasing your strength and flexibility, we will actually make it harder for you to get hurt!  CrossFit done properly, is both safe and potent.

What makes it so different from all the other stuff out there (park 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, mobility and nutrition advice 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 gaining  real 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?  Is anyone talking to you about nutrition?  Simply stated:  our dose of exercise programming is the most potent out there.  Why do you have to wait to get in shape?

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

“If you think you can’t do something, you can’t.”  The person who told you CrossFit was too challenging for you might not be up for the challenge, but I’m guessing you’re reading this because other options have failed you in the past.  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.   Every new member will talk to the Head Coach about your health history, current body issues, and your short and long term goals so that he can help you reach them.  Turns out that both Olympians and Grandmas can benefit from CrossFit, the only difference is the prescribed scale for the movements.

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!

As a Female is CrossFit going to make me big or bulky?
No, don’t worry! We hear this question a lot, but it is a common misconception. CrossFit is not a bodybuilding system. We do not lift any weights with the sole intention of inflating our muscles, although you will see improved tone and definition (that’s a good thing!). In fact, most female CrossFit athletes are well built, but very lean.
Different Crossfitters will have different goals.  Our coaches will always keep that in mind as they train and coach you.  In order for people to get bigger, especially women there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do.  One:  Pick up very heavy weight on a frequent basis. Two: eat an extremely high caloric diet of the right foods.  These are two things that CrossFit Does Not focus on if your goals are to gain lean muscle and lose fat.  We work with you on a program to create a slimmer Crossfitter. The reason why CrossFit frequently focuses on lifting weights is because muscle is much more efficient at burning calories than fat.  Doing this properly is what is missing from many peoples workouts.  If your goals are to increase weight and lean muscle mass, CrossFit can help you to focus on those goals also.
Can someone with an injury or disability participate in your CrossFit classes?
Yes, you can participate in our classes with an injury or disability. In our classes, members are taught proper form and movement which can help in the rehabilitation process and promote healing. We will work with you and the injury to provide you with a safe and functional training environment. Members with disabilities may also participate in what’s known as “Adaptive CrossFit,” utilizing adjusted movements to accommodate for an individual’s disabilities.