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What do I need to bring to my first class?
Please bring a water bottle to use to fill up from our water fountain and arrive 10 minutes prior to your first class.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. What’s that mean? We prepare you to be fit enough to do just about anything by making you an extremely well rounded athlete. An additional benefit is that our coaches are here to take the responsibility off your shoulders. We design your workout and show you how to do each exercise so you can participate in a new and fun workout every day in the safest possible environment and with people just like you!
What happens at a CrossFit group class?
Our classes are different every day but we generally follow a basic format. First, your coach will lead a small group warmup. For instance, a few rowing intervals, or some mobility drills. Easy stuff. Then we move into skill development: one day, we’ll spend perfecting your squat; another, we’ll work on your split jerk; another, we’ll teach you to do a handstand (yes, you can.) The ‘meat and potatoes’ of the group class, though, is the main WOD (workout). You’ll start as a group; the resulting atmosphere is enthusiastic co-support.
Do I need to be in good shape before I start CrossFit?
Absolutely NOT! That’s why we are here! We are here to help you get as fit as possible as fast as possible. Fitness is a life long journey. We have athletes start at all levels of conditioning. CrossFit is very efficient at improving your fitness no
matter where you start. Most of our members have come to CrossFit Illuminati after a decade or more of little to no activity. Our coaches’ primary task is to work with athletes to find the appropriate scaling for their current level of fitness. Every day, our coaches program three different variations on the workout to account for our members’ various fitness levels, from seasoned athletes to grandmothers. Each workout we program is scaled specifically to meet the needs of each member in our classes. CrossFit Illuminati has worked hard to create a culture where people of all ages, athletic backgrounds, and fitness levels can come together to help each other meet their fitness goals.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes, you can bring the family! We ask that you keep them OFF OF THE TRAINING FLOOR during classes. This is for their safety and the safety of other athletes. If your child will not sit still long enough for this to happen, we will have to ask that you make other accommodations. We LOVE kids and families, but we want everyone to be safe!
Why is your membership more than a membership at a globo gym?
Does CrossFit cost more than a regular gym membership? It may appear that way at first. However with CrossFit, instead of walking into an anonymous gym by yourself and training completely on your own, your programming is done for you by certified CrossFit trainers, who coach you and work with you every session. You get one-on-one feedback, motivation, and instruction each and every class. Given this scale, the reality is that this is actually personal training—which is usually $75-$120 per hour for a certified trainer—at a fraction of the cost, our rates are actually much less expensive than any comparable training.
Is CrossFit dangerous?
There is a certain level of danger in any exercise as well as significant danger associated with NOT doing exercise. CrossFit Illuminati is focused on providing people results while minimizing the risk of injury. We minimize risk by coaching our athletes through three phases.
1. Mechanics: This means that you first need to do the lifts correctly.
2. Consistency: This is the ability to do the lifts over and over again using safe and efficient technique.
3. Intensity: Once you have established safe and consistent technique we move on to intensity. Intensity is the ability to do the movements quickly.
In addition to providing an environment that stresses good form, we work to provide our athletes with a wide variety of workouts. By varying the type, weight, and duration of our workouts we prevent the overuse injuries that often occur in other sports. Among our members are physicians and sports medicine professors; they know how well the CrossFit training regimen works and they benefit from our professional and experienced coaches.
Will I get bulky if I CrossFit?
No, unless you want to work to gain mass. This is a common concern for many of our new members. In order to get “bulky” you would need to do all of the following:
1. Eat an extremely high calorie diet: Athletes focused on putting on muscle mass often consume in excess of 3,000 calories a day.
2. Concentrate lifting very heavy weights: While CrossFit Illuminati members do spend some time picking up heavy weights, it is only a portion of our workouts and part of a much larger fitness program.
3. Be genetically predisposed to adding muscle: Women especially, are not hormonally predisposed to add large amounts of muscle.
CrossFit Illuminati follows a balanced platform incorporating aspects of gymnastics, endurance, and weightlifting. Our general programming will make you stronger. Combining CrossFit training with attention to diet, you will lose or gain weight according to your fitness goals.