Frequently Asked Questions
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that is broad, general and inclusive. What that means is CrossFit takes all aspects of fitness (e.g. strength, stamina, flexibility, endurance, power) and aims to enhance them all. CrossFit makes every member a well-rounded individual who is strong, fast and powerful.
Is CrossFit right for me?
CrossFit is right for everyone! Our youngest member is 14 and our oldest is 65, plus everyone in between! CrossFit is for you if you like a challenge, want lasting friendships and want to achieve your goals. CrossFit is perfect for people on the go as well as our classes are only an hour including warm up and cool down.
How do I get started?
Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send us a form here and let us know when you’d like to come to a class. Your first class is free so you can get a feel for the gym and try it out! When you come to a scheduled class, dress in workout clothes, bring workout shoes, water and possibly a towel. Once you arrive you will fill out some paperwork and then the coach will run you through the warm up and workout and you’re on your way!
I love CrossFit! I want to join. How do I do that?
After you’ve decided that you want to join, we have you do three one-on-one sessions with a CrossFit Cambridge coach to teach you all of the movements and make sure that you can perform them correctly. We do this to ensure that you don’t get injured as well as giving you a basis of knowledge and skills for when you enter the classes.
Isn't CrossFit too hard/dangerous?
CrossFit is as hard as you make it. The faster you move, the harder it is! Your first few times out we will scale back the weights and repetitions to your ability so you get a feel for it without getting injured or being too sore. We ALWAYS want form before intensity! Once you have a good handle on all the movements, we can then ramp up your intensity and weights little by little until you’re ready!
What is the WOD/SWOD/CWOD?
The WOD stands for Workout of the Day, our daily workout.
SWOD stands for Strength Workout of the Day. We like to maintain our strength as it traverses over into other movements and is a very integral part of fitness.
CWOD stands for Class Workout of the Day. It is normally a “metcon” (metabolic conditioning workout) that will get your heart rate up, get you sweating and working hard!
I'm a woman. Will lifting weights make me bulky?
No way! Weightlifting does not make women bulky. Women do not have enough testosterone to produce large muscle development. Weightlifting increases your muscle mass and when you have more muscle mass, your body works more at rest which increases your metabolism and speeds weight loss! Think "toning" - toning is muscle building and fat loss which in turn leads to a leaner physique.
I'm not in very good shape right now. Should I work out, get in better shape and then come to CrossFit?
Not at all! We take people of all walks of life and can put them into a CrossFit class. The beauty of CrossFit is that it is universally scalable, meaning a 20 year old athlete and a 80 year old grandparent can do the same workout with some modifications.
I'm nervous about working out in front of people. I don't want to be judged/I'm embarrassed.
You’ll find that here at CrossFit Cambridge it’s a very welcoming environment! We know each other by name and support each other during our workouts. Everyone roots for each other and wants the other to succeed. There is no judgement, only support!
I've done CrossFit before. Do I need the 3 introductory sessions?
Most likely not, but we would still like to assess your movements before we make the final decision.
What about abs? You don't do sit ups very often.
Just because we don’t do sit ups that often doesn’t mean we don’t use our abs. Putting weight overhead requires abdominal contraction and a stable midline. Squatting requires a tight core otherwise you’ll collapse under the weight. A strong core is required for most of our movements so your abs are always working!
Why do you only ever post one workout? Isn't everyone different?
That’s the great thing about CrossFit. Our ultimate goal is to be faster, stronger and fitter. Everyone has different skills and are at different levels so we can modify the workout to accommodate for weaknesses or injuries. We can also scale a workout up to make it more difficult.
Why is there a coach for every class? Can't I just do my own thing?
Coaches are there to provide feedback, instruction and motivation during your workouts. Coaches make sure that you are performing the exercises correctly and safely. Each of our coaches at CrossFit Cambridge have at minimum a CrossFit Level 1 certification (most have more) and at least 3 years experience in CrossFit. Their expertise is invaluable during your workouts!
Why is CrossFit Cambridge different than other gyms?
This is something that easier seen than explained. Our gym looks different, our equipment is different and our environment is different. At CrossFit Cambridge, we program and teach classes that are different every day using functional movements that aim to enhance all elements of fitness. Each time you come there is a Trainer coaching the class, encouraging you and pushing you to do your best.
We are also a community, not just a gym. We celebrate each other’s successes and lament in each other’s losses. We come to the gym early and stay late. We hang out outside of the gym and come to the gym on our days off because we enjoy being around each other. We like to refer to it as our “CrossFit Family”.
What sets CrossFit Cambridge apart?
In essence, fitness is our passion. All of our coaching staff have a background in health and fitness. Some examples are: university degrees in Kinesiology and Physical Education, coaching certifications for multiple sports and former members of university varsity sports teams. We are constantly reading the most recent research about recovery, mobility, nutrition, strength training, CrossFit and more. Fitness is a lifelong journey and we want to share in yours!
Do you have showers?
We sure do! We have two showers that can be used simultaneously with no hot water loss.