Frequently Asked Questions
Few athletes can do ALL CrossFit workouts as RX’d (described). An important component of the CrossFit program is the concept of “scaling”. Scaling is the substitution of alternate movements or the modification of movements to make a movement or workout more or less difficult based on the individual’s level of fitness and training. For example, many workouts include the pull-up. Many people cannot do a pull-up, especially when they first begin CrossFit. The pull-up can be scaled by substituting a kipping pull-up, jumping pull-up, pull-up with resistance bands, a bar pull-down, or a ring row. Scaling allows class participants to begin with less challenging exercises and progressively work their way up the progression to more advanced movements.
Part of the crossfit philosophy includes pursuing/learning another sport or activity, and many crossfitters are also competitive athletes in a variety of disciplines. However, if you work the WODs hard, you will find yourself at an improved level of fitness. If you pursue another activity, you will need to balance your work/rest cycles and be sure to allow for recovery. Sometimes, you will need extra days off or to consider a WOD as “active rest” done at a lower intensity.
NO! A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!!! CrossFit is designed for athletes of ALL levels — from professional athletes, to desk jockeys, to homemakers, to retirees. We scale load and intensity for all our clients based on their individual fitness level and ability. Going to a traditional health club first will just delay the benefits you will receive from a CrossFit regimen.
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