CrossFit is constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements. Constantly varied means that the workouts are always changing and that your body will never adapt to the same routine. It also means that you have less chance of getting bored doing the same repetitive workout.
High intensity workouts are more efficient and effective at improving your fitness level than low intensity workouts. Your workouts are much faster than “traditional” workouts and your body is not exposed to as much wear and tear. High intensity workouts have been proven to simultaneously improve your endurance, strength, and speed while not sacrificing any other attributes. Functional movements are natural, elemental movements that you perform everyday.
These movements use multiple body parts simultaneously and are very safe as they are inherent to human physiology. For example, a deadlift is a functional movement and simulates the picking up of any object off the ground.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about CrossFit and CrossFit Mariner Square when first getting started. If there is a question that is not answered below, please feel free to head over to Contact Us and leave us a message. We will respond promptly.
CrossFit will expose you to all forms of exercise. These include, but are not limited to: jump rope, kettlebell swings, rowing, running, pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting. Due to the vast array of exercises, if you are unable to perform any of the movements, it is very easy to swap to something that you are more comfortable with.
Workouts can last anywhere between a few minutes to a hour although traditionally, the vast majority of workouts will last between 5 and 20 minutes.
The CrossFit classes are 1 hour in length. They will usually compose of a warm-up period, a movement teaching phase, the actual workout, and then a cool-down, stretching phase.
Absolutely, go to the Schedule page where we list our classes and look for any “Open To Anyone” classes. These are free classes that allow non-members to try out CrossFit. All you have to do is call us and say you’re interested in trying out CrossFit, and we will sign you up for the class so you can try it out. There is limited space for these classes and thus you have to reserve a spot.
No. First off, nothing prepares you for CrossFit except for CrossFit. Secondly, when you join, you begin with a ramp-up program which acclimates you to CrossFit (details can be found on the FAQ page). Lastly, everything can be scaled, so if we find that your fitness level is not yet there, workouts can be scaled to fit your level.
CrossFit can be scaled to any fitness level, age, or injury. Every workout and exercise can be scaled back or swapped with another exercise. For example, if a workout calls for an 800 meter run and you have knee problems, the run can be swapped with a 800 meter row.
If you think this is the case, try a CrossFit workout and your opinion will change. Either that or you’re Superman. Navy SEAL’s, NFL players, and Olympic athletes, just to name a few, use CrossFit to improve their fitness.