FAQ's

Is it too extreme for me?

No. The great thing about CrossFit is that the intensity level is completely up to YOU. You choose the weight, the level of scaling and the intensity with which you move through a workout. And don’t forget – every class is coached and someone is always there to guide you.

I can’t do a pull-up/ pushup etc. will I be able to do the Baseline workout?!

Yes – everyone can do it.  We will scale everything to your level of ability. We have many ways of scaling something like a pull-up or a push-up, so fear not – you’ll probably surprise yourself. Insert pictures.

Will I get injured?

Would you run a marathon without training for it? No. (Well Paul might but that doesn’t make it a good idea!) Same concept applies to CrossFit. If you train smart, listen to the coaches, focus on technique, and build up your fitness over time, you shouldn’t get injured. But let’s face it, there’s some risk of injury at every gym and in every sport. The key is good coaching and dedicated athletes – and we have lots of both.

Why does CrossFit have a bad rap?

CrossFit gets a bad name because there are lots of people who ignore coaches and lift weights that are heavier than their ability. We get it, you can get fit other ways and if you come to CrossFit with a decent fitness level you may feel inclined to jump right into high weights at high repetitions. Your body will be so shocked by this volume that you’ll get hurt. The key is to listen to the coach. They will guide you. Ask them if they think your barbell weight is good for your fitness level – if they tell you to drop weight then drop weight. It’s better to go a bit lighter in your first few months than injure yourself and not workout for a week or more. Always remember – TRAIN SMART!

My _________ is injured. Can I still work out?

Yes! The WOD can be modified to suit your needs and coaches can help provide programming that will allow you to overcome an injury but still work on improving fitness. (insert pictures of squatting to box for example).

What’s a WOD/ Double-Under/ AMRAP etc.?

Get to know some CrossFit lingo here.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness – constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.

What if I join and I decide I don’t like it?

We begin every potential CrossFit client with a FREE Trial Class.  This is a great opportunity to experience the gym, our methods, and determine if CrossFit Colosseum is right for you.  There is no obligation and absolutely no strings attached; just an opportunity to see what we’re all about.

What if there are moves that I can’t do?

CrossFit is for everyone, not just elite athletes that already know how to do “all the moves”. We say that a lot because it is an important message. In CrossFit there are some important technical moves such as Olympic Lifting that are a part of CrossFit because they are highly functional complex movements that produce a fantastic training effect. These moves (Clean & Jerk and Snatch) are safe providing that they are taught and learnt in a progressive and scaled manner, so that the technique is drilled and understood prior to adding any weight. For beginners we use PVC pipes as a substitute for the bar, and only once correct form is consistently demonstrated do we start scaling the weight. This is an effective and safe way to learn CrossFit and Olympic Lifting moves. If you have never done CrossFit or weightlifting before that is OK. We simply scale the CrossFit workout for you and substitute alternative exercises using PVC pipes and dumbbells.

Am I too old? Too young?

One of the great things about CrossFit is that the training can be “scaled” to suit everyone, regardless of their age, skill or fitness level. Scaling means that the same workout can be adjusted for different individuals by keeping the same format but substituting different exercises, changing the intensity, reducing or increasing the volume (number of reps or rounds), or changing the amount of rest.