DON’T I NEED TO BE IN SHAPE BEFORE I START CLASSES AT CROSSFIT STRATFORD?

This is a huge misconception. The most elite athlete can come to the gym and find a workout challenging. You will never be “fit” enough. CrossFit is designed for universal scalability, make it possible for an elite athlete or a sedentary homemaker to do the same workout. The needs of each person differ by degree not kind. That’s why we are here and offer scaling options for each individual so that you can thrive in each workout on a personal level. Fitness is a lifelong journey, we are never really “there”.

I HAVE HEARD CROSSFIT IS REALLY HARD, IS THIS TRUE?

CrossFit is as hard as you make it and you’ll get out what you put in. We encourage people to push to the limits of their own tolerances but only you can make the most out of your own workouts with the amount of work you put into them.

 

MY FRIEND TOLD ME THEY GOT HURT DOING CROSSFIT AND THAT IT CAUSES INJURIES.

You can injure yourself in any activity, but CrossFit is safer than many activities people perform every day. We like to work with people in 3 stages. First: technique (learning how to do the movements with correct technique), Second: Consistency (the ability to do the movements over and over again with safe and relatively efficient technique), Third: Intensity (the speed at which you do the movements). One does not come before the other. We always start with technique.

 

IM WORRIED ABOUT GETTING BIG AND BULKY. WILL CROSSFIT MAKE ME TOO BIG?

In order for people to get bigger, especially women, there are two things that you would have to make a concerted effort to do. One: pick up a very heavy weight on a frequent basis. This is not something we do. Yes, we are very much concerned about your strength and we do lift heavy some days. But this is not our main focus. Two: eat an extremely high-calorie diet. For most to gain productive muscle mass takes quite the effort in eating the right foods in a high amount. This is also something that we do not focus on. The majority of the workouts we do provide your muscles with more contractile potential and not hypertrophy (muscle mass).

CAN I GET A GOOD WORKOUT IN AN HOUR?

Absolutely! More and more research shows that shorter duration/higher intensity workouts yield higher benefits/results. Basically, it just boils down to hard work. But the truth is, the longer the effort the lower our intensity. If you run 10 miles your intensity (power output) will be lower than if you run multiple 400-meter sprints. At CrossFit Stratford, we do go beyond 30 min on occasion, but the majority of our workouts are shorter in duration. If you have a shorter workout, you can work harder by nature which can lead to a better response, especially combined with the movements we do. No matter who you are or what workouts you do, without hard work, you will not receive results, which is why we encourage you to work to the limits of your physiological and psychological tolerances.

 

I HAVE OLD INJURIES AND I AM WORRIED ABOUT MAKING THEM WORSE. IS IT STILL SAFE TO CROSSFIT?

Numerous clients of ours have come through the doors with previous injuries or tweaks and found relief from the pain by strengthening the muscles around the problem area. All too often people neglect exercising their low back due to fear of injury. Because of this they end up unconditioned, weak, and more susceptible to injury in the future from minor mishaps, which is usually what happens. Taking part in CrossFit will provide you a buffer so that you are less susceptible to these kinds of injuries. The movements and workouts are all completely scalable allowing anyone to take part.

 

WHY IS CROSSFIT STRATFORD SO EXPENSIVE?

What we offer at CrossFit Stratford is a unique training experience that combines the best of personal training, community, and coaching. If you compare the cost of a monthly membership at CrossFit Stratford and the results we offer to what you accomplished at your old gym we feel the value of our program will become evident. Afterall, you are making an investment in your health. Is your health really something to put a price tag on?