One of the first questions new athletes have when they check us out is: What exactly is CrossFit?
That’s somewhat easier to answer by looking at what CrossFit isn’t. If we see you regularly, you’ll quickly find out that there are no routine workouts in our gym. What we do on Monday is different than what we do on Tuesday as well as the rest of the days of the week.
CrossFit emphasizes functional fitness. What does that mean? It means that all of the movements we do are from real life and build real strength and mobility. It’s a broad fitness program that doesn’t specialize in any one particular area.
Every class we offer follows the same basic structure. We start with a dynamic warmup, which gets our athletes moving, quite literally. You won’t see anyone standing still during the first third of the class, and that’s by design. It gets our athletes warmed up – physically and mentally. It activates your entire body and gets you set for the rest of the class.
The next third of the class focuses on a skill and strength, and every class is different. Our trainers will explain and demonstrate the skill and strength (or series) as well as scale it for those who are of different ability levels. However, our trainers also believe in progress, so don’t be surprised if you accomplish something you didn’t think you could do. But if you’re new to CrossFit, you’ll also notice right away that our trainers are keeping an eye on you. Don’t be surprised if you get some one-on-one attention, particularly if you’re trying something for the first time. That’s a good thing! We want people to learn how to do things properly. Why? Because it reduces the chance of injury and it increases the power and benefits of your workout.
Finally, each class ends with a Workout of the Day (WOD). This is a workout series, sometimes done during a set time period, sometimes as a set number of repetitions. It changes every day. We won’t kid you; it’s meant to be challenging. It doesn’t matter what fitness level you are. New athletes start with what’s appropriate for them, and as they improve their fitness level, they are able to challenge themselves. For example, if we’re using the kettlebells, it’s very likely that the class member to your left will use a different set of kettlebells than the class member to your right.
Finally, if there’s one thing you’ll notice about our box (that’s the CrossFit word for gym, by the way) is that we have a great community of athletes who support each other. In any class you take, you’re likely to encounter a wide range of athletes and athletic ability. The great thing is that, along with our trainers, there’s a supportive atmosphere at CrossFit Unbroken. We’re all here to become better, and we invite you to join us.