Is CrossFit for me?
CrossFit can be for everyone – businessmen, moms, seniors, elite athletes – you name it! It does not matter what your current fitness level is; increased cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance are each important to the world’s best athletes and to you.
Do I workout on my own or do I have a trainer?
You will have a trainer. At CrossFit each class is led by a trained and certified Coach. Training will be done in small groups; that is where the fun, competitiveness, and camaraderie come from. A typical class will consist of a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the WOD (Workout of the Day), examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.
Do I need to be in shape first?
We scale every workout to match your current abilities and will increase load as your fitness progresses. We hear this used as an excuse to get out of coming to CrossFit more than anything else. If you can walk and move, you are ready to come to CrossFit.
What does WOD mean?
WOD stands for Workout Of the Day. Like the name says each day has its own workout. At CrossFit Peekskill everyone does the same workout scaled to their ability.
I don’t want to get too bulky – will CrossFit add too much muscle?
Not to worry. CrossFit will increase lean body mass, but not to the degree most people think. Since CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program and not a bodybuilding program, your results will be a leaner, more toned version of yourself.
How long is the average CrossFit workout?
Sessions are scheduled for 1 hour. This typically will include a warm-up, a skill session, explanation of the workout and the why, examples and instruction of the movements, and the actual workout.
Do I need any special equipment?
Nope. Just show up with a good attitude, and the desire to sweat and work hard – we’ll provide the rest!
I’ve heard that CrossFit can injure you. My friend / grandfather / trash collector recommends that I find an alternative method of achieving fitness.
CrossFit promotes position, movement and mechanics above all else. Our programs hold safety as the paramount value. We insist that sound mechanics precede increased load which in turn precedes increased intensity. You don’t get to go hard until you know how to go properly. Many new athletes who would already consider themselves “fit” upon joining CrossFit Peekskill find that the weight is removed from their bars until they learn correct technique. People get injuries for sure. However, there is nothing about CrossFit which inherently causes this. Far better that you get a few tweaks from exercising regularly than suffering a catastrophic thumb blister from your X-Box controller or a paper cut from your bag of Cheetos.