I would love to drop-in. Can I and how much does it cost?
We’d love to have you join us if you’re already familiar and experienced with CrossFit. Drop in during any of our classes – please let us know ahead of time: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.736.0200 so that we can have coaches ready. The cost to drop-in is $25 per class. We look forward to seeing you! If you are new to CrossFit, please contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 Intro session so that we can spend some quality time with you showing you what we’re all about!
How much is it? What are your hours?
I can’t do CrossFit because I don’t want to aggravate back or neck pain from previous injuries.
Numerous members 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 de-conditioned, 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.
Can I get a good workout in under 30 minutes?
Yes, this is absolutely what we strongly believe in. More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. Basically, it just boils down to hard work. But the truth is, the longer the effort the lower our intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity (power output) will be lower than if you run multiple 400 meter sprints. CrossFit does go beyond 30 min on occasion, but the majority of our workouts are shorter in duration. If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature which can lend to a better response, especially combined with the movements we do. No matter who you are or what workouts you do, without hard work you will not receive results, which is why we encourage you to work to the limits of your physiological and psychological tolerances.
I am afraid I will get too big and bulky. Will I?
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 (meaning that we attempt to make you stronger, not just build your 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 and/or weight at which you do the movements). We always start with Mechanics, and then Consistency. Only when you have proven to be able to move safely and efficiently do we add the component of Intensity.
Do 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”. We have grandmothers working out right next to our collegiate athletes, and they are both getting a good workout! Anyone really can do it. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
Why is it so expensive?
Every day at our gym is like a personal training session. While you can go to a big franchise gym and pay $10 per month, you will not receive any instruction on movements or have any guidance on what constitutes a good workout, unless you pay for personal training on top of your membership. These personal training sessions at other gyms cost as much as $100 per HOUR. Our rates are actually less expensive than any other group led workout programs in our local area. The reality is with the quality of instruction you get from our trainers, it is personal training at a fraction of the cost.
I have heard CrossFit is really hard, is this true?
CrossFit is as hard as you make it. One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Paine: “That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.” Just like any workout regime, you will get out of it what you put into it. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.
I have to admit, I just follow your blog and then do the workouts on my own, is this okay?
Of course! Thanks for being part of our community and taking part. We invite you to post your scores in our comments section, as we’d like to follow your progress as well. I started my own CrossFit journey by following other gyms’ programs – but not until I personally got into a gym and received quality instruction from experienced trainers did I really see the true potential of CrossFit programming. Most people are not taught how to move correctly and don’t know how to teach themselves. While I did my best to learn, it was a pale comparison to what I learned inside of a gym. 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 Battle CrossFit.
Since you don’t follow the CrossFit.com programming, what are your goals when programming for the gym?
CrossFit.com provides excellent programming. At Battle CrossFit, we take the same approach with constantly varied movements and workouts. We choose to offer workouts that may be more easily scaled in group settings and address some of the needs/desires of our community. You are guaranteed to have at least one day/week be heavy loading to help address strength demands. We also like to provide people with a longer workout each week so they can get their “endurance” bug fed. Another approach that we have is to address weaknesses the gym may have as a whole. Things like overhead squats, Olympic lifting, or basic technique with bodyweight movements. Our philosophy is the same as HQ (constantly varied, functional movement at high intensity). We just try to meet some more specific needs of our community.
*If you have any questions and would like to know more about what we do,
please do not hesitate to contact us through our contact form or call us at 603.736.0200.