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Q: Is CrossFit safe?

A: Absolutely. While there is always some degree of risk with any exercise program, regardless of its intensity, CrossFit is both safe and effective when performed properly. We provide quality coaching and closely supervise all participants. In the same way that you wouldn’t run 20 miles during your first month of training for a marathon, neither would you be allowed to push yourself too quickly in either the load or volume of your CrossFit workouts.

Q: I’ve heard that CrossFit is a one size fits all program. Is that true?

IMG_0579A:  At some gyms, yes, unfortunately. While every CrossFit workout can be scaled (progressed or regressed) based on the specific needs of the client, many gyms do throw their members into a cookie cutter approach and with undesirable results. At CFCC, you will be individually assessed at the outset of your membership for both dysfunctional movement patterns and for your general fitness level. Our program will address the elemental movements, re-educate imbalances and help you understand how to safely get the most out of your effort in the gym.

Q: I’ve heard that CrossFit is hard on people’s shoulders?

A: This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I spent five months interning with renowned shoulder expert Eric Cressey, learning corrective strategies for improving shoulder performance and avoiding injury. You will find a particular emphasis on shoulder health at CFCC

Q: What would a typical class at CFCC look like?

A: A single one hour class will always vary in the skills and movements. This is part of what makes CrossFit so effective and so enjoyable. That said, there is a basic template of what you can expect:

  1. 10-15 Minutes: Dynamic warm up, corrective and mobility work. Explanation and demonstration of workout and major lift
  2. 30-35 minutes: Strength or Skill work. Done in a low intensity setting. You will be doing progressive barbell training under the guidance of the coach. On certain days this may be a skill portion, working on gymnastics elements and other CrossFit higher order skills such as kipping, rope climbs, muscle ups, handstand work, etc.
  3. 15-20 minutes: WOD (workout of the day) or finisher. This is what people think of when they think of CrossFit. These are essentially “gamed circuits” that challenge the athlete to push their limits. There are literally thousands of WODs and each day will see different pairings of classic CrossFit movements to invoke certain adaptations.

At CFCC we believe that the combination of these three elements is the most effective way to implement the CrossFit protocol.

Q: Do you prescribe a diet at CFCC?

A: No one but a licensed nutritionist can “prescribe” a diet plan in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each individual is different and finding a healthy diet is a very personal affair. That said, we generally suggest a whole food/primal diet with an emphasis on lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats, while avoiding processed foods and sugars. We address this topic in much further detail during our assessments and proper nutrition is prominently emphasized in our gym.

 Q: I’m a woman; will CrossFit make me bulky and big?IMG_0143

A: This is probably one of the biggest myths that we hear. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hormonally, it is nearly impossible for women to train themselves into a state of muscular bulkiness without going to extremes of diet and training. I have worked with female physique competitors and their training and diet need to be very carefully calibrated to get even a portion of the hypertrophy that men get.  CrossFit is a perfect blend of resistance training and high intensity interval training and generally leaves female clients with a lean and athletic physique.

Q: Am I too old for CrossFit?

A:  Another common misconception is that CrossFit is only for very young people. You are never too old for resistance training; properly applied it can help increase bone mineral density and improve joint health, mobility and stability. Strength training becomes increasingly MORE important than cardio as we age. We are confident scaling our workouts for the needs of any individual regardless of age.

Q: I’m not a competitive person.  Will that hinder my experience?

A: No. Exercise at CrossFit is a personal journey for each individual undertaken in a communal setting. Sometimes the more competitive personality types can become too wrapped up in scores and numbers and their enjoyment is diminished. The best results come from showing up every day and simply doing your personal best without regard for other people’s scores or times.

 Q: I’m very competitive; would this be a good fit for me?

A:  The system of CrossFit provides each of us with an unmasterable and endlessly challenging set of measurable goals to strive for. You will find that you excel in some areas more than others. Many of us make the mistake of only working to our strengths and so we become increasingly less balanced in our fitness. To this end, the “Sport of Fitness” side of CrossFit is thriving and this region of the country offers some of the best opportunities to engage that competitive side. Likewise, we offer competition specific programming for our members interested and capable of those goals.

_0002_cfcc-11Q: How is your gym different from others?

A: We pride ourselves on the reasonable and prudent application of the CrossFit methodology and also draw much of our programming from the very latest breakthroughs and protocols in the sports performance world. If you are unprepared or uncomfortable with a certain movement we will work with you as an individual to improve that aspect of your general fitness. Conversely, if you are a high level competitor looking to push yourself to the outer limits of personal performance, we can absolutely help to take you there as well. We also believe that the caliber of our coaches, our brand new 4000 square foot facility, state-of-the-art equipment, thoughtful amenities designed to enhance your workout experience and our supportive and welcoming community all combine to offers our clients one of the most compelling fitness options in the greater Boston area.

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