Q: What is CrossFit?
A: This is a big question. Check out our page Why CrossFit? for the answer.
Q: What makes CrossFit Beat different from every other CrossFit gym?
A: CrossFit Beat was founded with the specific intention of guiding and inspiring people to do things with their body that they did not think were possible. Its owners and coaches have experienced firsthand the positive impacts of a sustainable commitment to health and fitness. Some of the items that differentiate us include:
- Convenient location for those in South and East Boulder, with plenty of parking
- Small class sizes allow for individual attention
- Fun, supportive community
- High quality instruction with an emphasis on quality of movement
- First class FREE!
For more information, check out our page Who is CrossFit Beat?
Q: Do I need to be in shape to start CrossFit?
A: No! We are here to help you get in your best shape possible, regardless of your starting point. One of the defining features of CrossFit is that it is 100% inclusive – anyone can do it. The list of CrossFitters includes children, grandparents, competitive athletes, stay-at-home parents, the severely obese, amputees, paraplegics, and at least one centenarian. Every movement will be modified for your ability level today, and we’ll give you the appropriate progressions to work toward the more difficult movements.
Q: What if the weight that’s listed in the workout is too heavy?
A: The weight listed with the Workout of the Day is the highest weight that the most advanced athlete in the class will be using. The vast majority of athletes will be using a weight lower than that listed. We always prioritize form, function, and range of motion over weight and speed.
Q: What if I don’t know how to do a particular movement?
A: Our coaches will ALWAYS lead drills and progressions for the exercises in the workout. You will never be asked to do an exercise without first being shown how to do it. Our coaches will also make sure that you’re physically warmed up and prepared for the day’s exercises. Even our most advanced gymnastics movements can be modified to fit your current ability, strength and skill levels, and range of motion. And “modified” doesn’t mean easy – it means appropriate for you. Modified exercises will still give you a great workout!
Q: I want to get stronger, but I don’t want to “bulk up.” Is CrossFit for me?
A: Yes! It takes an enormous amount of effort to “bulk up” while consistently doing CrossFit. Adding body mass is not something that happens by accident. The athletes that you may have seen at the CrossFit Games typically train 30-45 hours per week, and they eat massive amounts of food to support that intense level of training. The average CrossFitter loses weight, while getting stronger at the same time.
Q: Can CrossFit make me a better skier/runner/climber/cyclist/triathlete/[insert your sport here]?
A: Absolutely. Professional athletes have known about the advantages of cross-training for decades. Adding CrossFit to your sport-specific training will help balance out any athletic deficiencies you may have acquired as a result of specializing in your chosen sport. Not only can this help improve performance, but it will make you less susceptible to overuse injuries.
Q: I’ve heard that people can get hurt doing CrossFit. Is this true?
A: The greatest fitness gains come from being consistent in the gym, and the quickest way to NOT be consistent is by getting hurt. At CrossFit Beat, we place great emphasis on teaching people to move safely and effectively, so that you can continue your journey to improved fitness indefinitely. Can you get hurt? Yes, anytime you engage in physical activity, you have the potential to get hurt. However, most people that start at CrossFit Beat will find that nagging overuse injuries disappear as they become stronger and more flexible.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: A pair of the athletic shoes, comfortable clothing, and a willingness to learn and work hard.