Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

In a nutshell, CrossFit is, “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional fitness”. What does all of that mean to you? CONSTANTLY VARIED Always changing the workouts, never letting your body adapt. This is why CrossFit is great for getting results. Your body never gets used to anything so you never reach those plateaus. HIGH INTENSITY This is where many misconceptions about CrossFit come from. Many people think intensity is screaming and yelling. This is not intensity although it may sometimes be the result of intensity. Intensity is synonymous with power (force, multiplied by distance, divided by time). This translates into exercise by converting it to: the load, multiplied by the bar path/movement, divided by the time. In basic language we are saying power/intensity is how much weight you can move over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time, while of course maintaining proper form and technique. FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS Functional movements are movements humans were built for. Movements that are natural and safe. Movements we use in everyday life such as squatting (ex. sitting in a chair), dead lifting (ex. picking up a box from the ground), running, jumping, pulling, etc. These are movements that promote neurological and hormonal responses, leading to better health, actual strength, actual core stability, agility, and flexibility.
This is the most common question we get here and quite simply, the answer is, absolutely not! With the following, I will attempt to dispel any misunderstanding or misconceptions about the CrossFit program. We perform CrossFit to get into shape and/or to stay in shape. If CrossFit gyms catered only to those who were already in shape, these gyms simply would not last. Honestly, the heart and soul of the community, the driving-force, are everyday people; people that are looking to achieve lost fitness or fitness for the first time. CrossFit is for elite athletes as well non-athletes alike and was formed around the notion of infinite scalability. This means that a good CrossFit coach or trainer should be able to train a professional baseball player and a stay-at-home Mom at the same time. Additionally, these two athletes should be able to achieve the same results based on the scaling of the workout and the intensity at which the athlete was trained.
When looking to decide which CrossFit gym or functional fitness gym to join, there are a few questions you should be asking. What is the background of the person I'm putting my trust in to help me improve my physical health? Are the coaches more than just weekend certified? How long have they coaching/training? Do they have a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology? Are they professionals? Would you hire someone to work on your house who took a weekend course in handyman work or would you hire someone with a degree in it and has a number of years of experience under his/her belt? If your answer is I'm just going to go wherever is the cheapest, don't be surprised if you get what you pay for.
CrossFit is appropriate for anyone looking for real fitness gains, a community-based gym, a high level of training/instruction, and inspired workouts. We encourage you to check out the other local CrossFit gyms, ask questions and find the right fit for you. There are many factors to consider when deciding on a new gym (e.g. amenities, community, price, knowledge of the trainers etc.) If getting the most out of your CrossFit experience is what you want, then we guarantee CrossFit eXalted is the gym for you.
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Presses, C&J, and Snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. – Greg Glassman, CrossFit HQ