What is a WOD?
A WOD stands for Workout of the Day. Our coaches work hard at programming thus coming up with a new WOD for our athletes to complete every day.
I can’t do CrossFit because I don’t want to aggravate a previous injury.
Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or tweaks and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising their low back due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up deconditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps which is usually what happens. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.
I am afraid I will get too big and bulky?
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. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days.
But this is not our main focus.
Two: eat an extremely high calorie diet. For most to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).
I have heard you can get hurt doing CrossFit, is this true?
You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is more safe than many activities people perform every day. We like to work with people in 3 stages. First: mechanics (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). One does not come before the other. We always start with Mechanics.
I have to get in shape first before I start?
This is a common misconception. The most elite athlete can come into the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey, we are never really “there”.
I feel it is too expensive, is this true?
The reality is with the quality of instruction you get from our trainers, it is personal training at a fraction of the cost. Our rates are actually less expensive than any other group led workout programs in our local area.
I have to admit, I just follow your blog and then do the workouts on my own, is this okay?
You could just follow our blog, but you would not get the quality of teaching from our certified trainers. Most people are not taught how to move correctly and don’t know how to teach themselves. You are automatically making yourself more susceptible to injury and leveling off in your gains by trying to do this on your own. It is also infinitely more fun when you are encouraged and held accountable by a group of your peers.
Plus you won’t have someone cheering you on in your basement or local gym, like you have at CrossFit Belleville.
What should I expect when I arrive at the gym for my first session?
Expect to see a gym that’s not typical, in a really fun way. You’ll see some different equipment, such as kettlebells, pull-up bars, and Olympic-style weightlifting equipment. The great thing is you will be trained and coached on all these things. For your first free trial, one of our coaches will take you on a tour, explain our program, answer any questions and will put you through a sample wod.