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Some of the most common questions people ask about CrossFit

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness. Learn More at Crossfit.com

What’s does WOD mean ?

Workout Of the Day. A new WOD is posted daily.

What do I need to bring ?

Always wear clothes that are comfortable wearing for physical activity. Sneakers that you feel comfortable working in as well. And of course, bring water to stay hydrated ! That’s all you need !

What should I expect ?

Below is a brief overall outline of how typical CrossFit classes run.

Warm-Up ( 10 min )

It is important to be safe in all of your movements, using the warm up time effectively to get muscles and joints moving well to prevent injury. Dynamic movements vary depending on what we are training that day.

Strength ( 15 – 20 min )

During the strength portion, it is important to maintain good form and respect the weight. We encourage to start light, working on correct form and build up weight gradually. A few examples of lifts we train are: Back squat, Front Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Push Press, Clean and Jerk, Snatch , and many other variations.

WOD ( 5 – 30 min)

The WOD is constantly varied daily and is designed to improve strength and conditioning. WOD’s are always done at high intensity and the time or work varies day to day., depending on the workout.

Cooldown ( 5 min – 2 hours )

Take the time to stretch and roll out, this pays huge dividends with tomorrow’s soreness. Be sure to rehydrate and nourish your body with fuel ( food ). Make sure to get adequate rest.

I'm new to CrossFit, how will I keep up in class ?

Our program is universally scaleable, making it the perfect application for any individual, regardless of experience. We scale load and intensity; you won’t have to lift weights beyond your level or perform body movements beyond your skill set. We pride ourselves on working with people of all ability levels and making them better. Our members are not targeted to a specific age, gender, or skill level. Instead, we welcome anyone who is willing to work hard and keep an open mind to our principles.

What do all those acronyms and abbreviations mean ?!

Common CrossFit acronyms and abbreviations:

  • AMRAP: as many reps (sometimes rounds) as possible.
  • BP: bench press.
  • BS: back squat.
  • BW (or BWT): bodyweight.
  • CFT: CrossFit Total, consisting of max squat, press and deadlift.
  • CLN: clean.
  • C&J: clean and jerk.
  • C2: Concept II rowing machine.
  • DL: deadlift.
  • FS: front squat.
  • GHD: the device that allows for the proper performance of a glute-ham raise, or a GHD sit-up.
  • GHR: glute-ham raise.
  • GHR or GHD sit-up: A sit-up done on the GHR or GHD machine.
  • GPP: general physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
  • HSPU: handstand push-up.
  • HSQ: hang squat (clean or snatch).
  • IF: intermittent fasting.
  • KB: kettlebell.
  • KTE: knees-to-elbows.
  • Met-con: metabolic-conditioning workout.
  • MP: military press.
  • MU: muscle-up.
  • OHS: overhead squat.
  • Pd: pood.
  • PR: personal record.
  • PP: push press.
  • PSN: power snatch.
  • PU: pull-ups, possibly push-ups depending on the context.
  • Rep: repetition.
  • Rx’d, as Rx’d: as prescribed or as written. A WOD done without any adjustments.
  • RM: repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for 1 rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
  • SDHP: sumo deadlift high pull.
  • Set: a number of repetitions.
  • SN: snatch.
  • SQ: squat.
  • TGU: Turkish get-up.
  • TTB: toes-to-bar.
  • WOD: workout of the day.
  • YBF: you’ll be fine.

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