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The 3 Most Asked Questions About CrossFit, Answered

CrossFit looks interesting—like it might be the answer you’ve been looking for in your fitness goals. But like with any workout routine--especially with CrossFit, there are questions. Don’t worry—we have answers.

You’ve probably heard of or seen something about it on TV or social media. Perhaps you’ve looked into joining a gym and found a few in your search. But those aren’t for you right? They’re for workout junkies, athletes, and those crazy in-shape soccer moms. Because let’s face it, numerous aspects of the CrossFit methodology are either unattractive for potential newcomers or misunderstood. To someone unfamiliar, it looks unorganized, difficult, and intimidating. And for good reason.

The most popular forms of cross-fit can be dangerous, too intense, only for individuals already in great shape, and too random to produce specific results. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, CrossFit can, and should be, the most rewarding exercise experience you can have. So, here’s what we will do—address the issues and fears and, most importantly, connect you to a community like no other.

Safety, efficacy, and efficiency are the three most important facets we use when developing and implementing our CrossFit strength & conditioning program in class.

CrossFit questions

CrossFit Question One: Is It Safe?

To an untrained eye, CrossFit movements can look strange—almost dangerous—naturally creating a reluctance to get involved. It just doesn’t feel safe. Right? Actually, wrong. Now, to be fair, riding a bike or even walking the wrong way can be unsafe. It’s not just about what you’re doing but how you do it correctly, safely, and under the correct coaching and instruction.

Safety is our top priority for every individual. There is no possibility to eliminate 100% of the risk(remember, the same is true for walking down the street), but we do everything possible to minimize it. We only prescribe safe, effective, and proven strength & conditioning principles. The training prescribed in class is designed to be inclusive, suitable for a diverse group of ability levels, and will produce specific results that are observable and repeatable. Our coaches invest in every new member through an initial consultation and a movement assessment. This ensures we have all the information needed to best prescribe resistance and cardiovascular training specifically to someone’s capabilities. 

The simple advantage is that we do not leave you to your own devices, thereby increasing the likelihood of getting hurt. Our coaches are with you every step of the way, ensuring you maximize your work and stay safe while doing so.

CrossFit Question Two: How Intense Should Intense Be?

If you’re like me, when you think intense, you think professional athlete, American Ninja Warrior, mud runs, or the Tour de France. Yes, that’s intense, but it’s not the complete picture. High intensity does not actually mean maximum intensity. Max intensity is Special Forces: World's Toughest Test reality show.

High intensity refers to working within 60-90% of maximum exertion, whether it be through cardiovascular training or resistance training. Results happen via intensity. Again, not max intensity, but high intensity (60-90% of maximum exertion). Our coaches are experts at working with every ability level, from beginner to novice to advanced athletes. The coach is there to cohesively mesh the day's workout to the individual's ability level and specific goals. But before we prescribe increases in intensity, our coaches will relentlessly train every individual to be consistent with their mechanics. Mechanics, consistency, and then intensity.

Crossfit Question Three: Do You Have to Be “In Shape”?

OK, so it’s safe and appropriately intense, but can you do it? For most people, the question of ability with a programmed workout routine—especially with a group of people—is the social pressure of keeping up and holding one’s own. In other words, you don’t want to look ridiculous. The short answer: we match the method with your goals and ability.

Our needs do not differ by kind but by degree. "The amazing truth is that the very same methods that elicit optimal response in Olympic or professional athletes will optimize the same response in the elderly." For example, a beginner athlete will most likely train the air squat until they can proficiently perform a high volume of repetitions in a row, while the advanced athlete will train weighted-back squats. Regardless of the ability level, both individuals must squat well now and into their nineties.

All the fitness prescribed in class will aim to progress cardiovascular endurance, muscle stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. We will select specific focuses to progress through training cycles to observe and repeat the results. Constant variance and creativity will be used throughout the progressions to ensure sufficient intensity and adventure!

Fort Fitness is Different

Yes, Fort Fitness is a CrossFit gym—but not the kind you might imagine. We take pride in doing the ordinary uncommonly well. We prescribe progressive challenges of resistance training and cardiovascular training for all ability levels. Our classes have a general prescription of resistance training, cardiovascular training, or sometimes both that our coaches modify to meet every member's ability level to ensure they are moving safely, within their abilities, and in a manner that achieves the goal of the training segment.

Our end goal with every member is to empower them to live a long and strong life free from metabolic disease. Imagine what it might be like to be moving independently in your nineties. You need a sufficient amount of muscle mass and cardiovascular health to accomplish this. It’s all about muscle mass and heart health. Achieving sufficient muscle mass and heart health stems from a lifetime of fitness—a lifetime of resistance training and cardiovascular conditioning. CrossFit is not just a fitness program; it's a proven lifestyle prescription that can lead to a strong and healthy future, and we're here to guide you every step of the way at Fort Fitness.

When you join, you join a community of like-minded people who are on similar journeys and who want to encourage you on yours. It’s more than belonging to a gym; it’s becoming part of a community.

So, what’s the first step? It starts with signing up for a free gym tour and consultation. During this time, we discuss your goals, habits, and the best means of helping you build a fitness lifestyle for a long and strong life.

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