For those that are truly interested in joining a reputable and safe crossfit gym, the following will help you through your journey. Most people simply opt for the gym that is closest to them or one that offers budget friendly pricing without any further research or thought.
In the world of CrossFit, it is imperative that the gym being considered is equipped with experienced and competent coaches. Via the website for any gym being considered, the coaching staff and their credentials should be plainly visible for your review.
How to Find a CrossFit Gym
Here’s all the information you need to know about how to find a CrossFit gym that will work for you.
#1: Coaching Breakdown
When reviewing coaches, you will come across the following information. Therefore it is imperative to know what it all means.
- Crossfit Level 1: This is an ANSI accreditation and means that the coach has attended a weekend long course and successfully completed the exam. This course teaches coaches basic movements as well as how to properly scale every movement. There are no specifics taught in regards to dealing with anatomy, injuries, etc.
- Crossfit Level 2: This level is currently being revised via Crossfit HQ and involves a greater level of training for coaches.
- Specialty Seminars: These consists of 1 to 2 day courses that focus on specific topics that include running, Olympic lifting as well as gymnastics.
Although a Crossfit program is random, an inexperienced coach can program workouts that are back to back accidentally that utilize the very same muscle groups in the same manner. This does not allow for proper recovery.
A great way to determine if the gym that you are considering has a plausible program, is to consult the blog content of their web site. It is within this section that you will be able to find out about the workout of the day and more. Look over the information and look for tell-tell signs such as three consecutive days of high reps or heavy shoulder movements. This is a clear indication that they do not program well.
#3: Coaches and Trainers
Besides formal qualifications, you’ll want to make sure that the trainers are a good fit for you. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to look for:
- Trainers that are fit themselves
- A few different coaches (everyone will have their favourites)
- Variety of exercises during workouts
- An emphasize on technique and safety
- Approachable and friendly
- Offers tip on nutrition, gear, etc.
Here’s some more information: How to Find the Best CrossFit Trainer for You.
One common complaint about Cross Fit boxes is that they’re quite expensive to join. That may be true, but when compared to a regular gym membership, you’re basically paying for almost personal training for every single class.
That said, prices vary considerably among boxes so it can pay to shop around. Some gyms have an introductory deal, so be sure to ask what the regular price is when this time runs out.
Keep these Things in Mind When Choosing a CrossFit Box
It’s Time for Comparison Shopping
Keep in mind that the majority of crossfit gyms offer free classes for beginners. It is in your best interest to attend [at least] a handful of free classes and compare them to one another. Determine where you feel the most comfortable, supported, [properly] pushed as well as safe.
While visiting each perspective gym, consider the following:
- Were they welcoming?
- Did they introduce themselves to you?
- Are the class members and instructors supportive?
- Is the coaching staff hands-on during the course of the class?
Of course, you’ll also want to take into consideration the pricing structure. Some are far more expensive than others. Ask about deals and intro offers.
With the above information on how to find a CrossFit gym, you will be able to find the ideal CrossFit home for you. This is simply one step forward to better health and a more desirable physique.
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