CrossFit is great for everybody. If you are looking to get in better shape, this is the perfect place for you. If you have specific goals, such as endurance, speed, power, or strength, CrossFit is also a great fit and can be used to help you reach your goals faster. For athletes, CrossFit is the best strength & conditioning solution out there – we can help you become stronger, more powerful, agile and explosive while decreasing your injury risk and improving your side-to-side balance

Do I need to get in shape before I start CrossFit?

No! CrossFit is infinitely scalable – meaning we can use the same workout framework for a rank novice or beginner that is very out of shape as we can for the elite athlete. Your expert coach will make some adjustments specific to your fitness level so you get the most out of your workouts from day 1. This might mean lowering the weight, changing the number of repetitions you do, modifying the exercise to something more manageable which still targets the same area of the body, or limiting your range of motion to what is safe for you at this point in your progression.

But everyone is so fit already, it’s intimidating!

Everyone has to start somewhere. Some people may look very fit but everyone shares a common bond – we are all interested in improving. You may see Crossfitters in the media who look exceptionally fit, recognize they are not the average. The gym is filled with a wide variety of people from young to quite old, deconditioned to fit, experienced to brand new.

Am I going to get bulky/huge/look too big?

Not likely, unless that is your goal. Building muscle is important for fitness but given normal protocols CrossFit will not make you big or bulky. Most CrossFitters are actually quite lean. More muscle helps you burn more calories, become more resilient, and look better naked.

I heard CrossFit is Dangerous, will I get hurt?

Everything you do worth doing is “dangerous” to some degree – but in comparison to other strength & conditioning programs CrossFit is no more or less dangerous. Studies of injury rates have actually shown that injuries are more common in repetitive motion fitness programs (i.e. running only) in comparison to CrossFit. The injury rate for team sports is significantly higher.

Injuries happen in strength sports because the athlete worries more about milestones (such as weight) than their technique or ability is prepared for. They push themselves too hard or cannot yet perform the movement properly. That is why we have coaches that will be actively helping you scale workouts appropriate to your fitness level, strength, and mobility limitations.

Science aside, CrossFit, and our gym in particular, is concerned with technique first and foremost, followed by the consistent use of that technique, long before we increase load (weight) or intensity (speed). Our fundamentals sessions are designed to teach you what you need to know and to analyze your preparedness to enter group classes.

Am I going to catch Rhabdo?

Rhabdomyolysis is not a disease that you can catch – it’s a type of heat injury that can result when muscles are pushed well beyond their breaking point. Rhabdo can affect any athlete – it is actually more common in team sports such as football – the media just happens to talk about it in CrossFit because we talk about it in CrossFit. The incidence of Rhabdo in crossfit is extremely rare, and when it does occur it happens because 3 very bad things collide: poor programming (by the gym), poor evaluation of current preparedness (by the athlete), and poor supervision (by the coach). We are going to specifically talk to you about Rhabdo, what it is, why it happens, and how to avoid it during your fundamentals sessions. At CrossFit Lake Stevens we think it is better to confront potential problems head on than ignore them.