I'm curious to see how many Paleo peeps are members of a Crossfit gym. I started looking at rates, and am a little blown away. Seems like $160/mo is the minimum. I have three gym memberships (so I have a gym that coincides with my major life places), even if I cancel those it won't come near a Crossfit membership. So, maybe this is more a frustration post. How do people make it work? I like the idea of community that crossfit seems to embody, which is why I think it might be worth it.
Also, I love powerlifting, have participated in about 6 meets so far. I want to continue, but it seems to be contrary to paleo/primal activity suggestions.
Input? Thoughts? thanks!
I just joined on Tuesday, Cancelled 24 hr fitness, and pay $125 a mo for CF, after 2 days workouts, I got more out of that in 2 days with personal assistance and coaching than 5 years at 24HF...
3 gym memberships Wendy? Dump em!! Join CF for the extra money. You are making the investment for yourself!!
Find a way, there is no community better than the Paleo and CF community!! Find a way, you won't be disappointed.
That price fits the monthly fees of most CF boxes. I too thought it was crazy expensive until I realized what I got for that money. If you consider what you'd pay for a personal trainer, nutritionist and life coach, you'd being way more than that. CrossFit is about community but it's also about progression, motivation and acceptance. There are very few gyms that push me, care for me and support me the way my CF box does. I think my monthly CF fee is worth it's weight in gold! :)
The short answer is that the price is comparable to personal training. Comparing the cost to a gym membership just isn't the right comparison. Although a tremendous amount can be done on your own, the right coach and facility can be a huge benefit.
I just joined 7 weeks ago. I am doing Crossfit Boot Camp on Tues/Thurs from 6-7 AM. It is the same as having a personal trainer, with the benefit of being in a group of like-minded exercise buddies. Nobody is there to "look" like they're exercising. We all want to strive for PRs and to get better every time. I pay $100 per month, which averages out to $11.54 per session. In return, I have lost 7 lbs (so far) and I have proof that I am stronger, more flexible, and have better balance. Crossfit led me to Paleo, and having the connection with people that understand why fat isn't evil is worth way more than $11.54 to me. It's also great to see a skinny triathlete come in for a free trial workout, and she can't even lift the bar over her head. It's a small internal victory for me, that lets me know I'm doing the right thing.
You're not just paying for a normal gym. You'll have access to tools and equipment that you can't find anywhere else. You'll have multiple personal trainers that really, really know their stuff and can teach you the proper mechanics of everything from olympic lifts to sit ups. The Crossfit community is amazing too, I've never EVER liked working out with other people but I'm so hooked on the team atmosphere at my box. Everyone is pushing each other (in a healthy way) to get leaner, stronger, faster and happier and I usually hang out and chat with all the other sweaty people getting high off their WOD.
Also, it's tough at first but you have to think of your fitness and nutrition as an investment in your health. The costs of Crossfit are absolutely cancelled out by the money you WON'T be spending on prescription drugs, doctor visits and stupid weight loss programs.
Easily one of the most worthwhile things I have ever taken a chance on in my life.
On-ramp was $200, but my Crossfit is only $125/mo. I came from a "boot camp" that was $199, so I thought Crossfit was a bargain. It may cost more than a YMCA membership, but I'd never be motivated enough to follow a program on my own at a regular gym.
Comparing a Globo Gym to Crossfit is like comparing a donkey to a stallion. I know a lot of people don't like Crossfit and the price may seem high but if you find a great gym and good trainers the value is unlimited. I recently had to quit Crossfit after a consistent 2.5 years due to a financial hardship and joined the cheapest globo gym in town. It feels so foreign I rather not go now. No says hi to you when you walk in. So many people in there have no freaking clue what they are doing. Most are there just to be part of the scene. If you walk around the gym and carry your protein shake from machine to machine your not really working out your posing to look good. I start doing O lifts and making noise and the older ladies on the treadmills start looking at me like I'm disturbing their tranquility. Which reminds me, you can even attempt any high risk movements because the signs that are posted every three feet say not to drop the weights. There may be those of you who are fortunate to live near a Strength and Conditioning style gym and have a choice but for the vast majority of us Crossfit is the only option. Yeah some of the people in Crossfit may not be aspiring professional athletes like you (you referring to crossfit haters not the poster) but they are excited and enthusiastic about they're new found love to exercise. Crossfitter's so far as I met them seem to represent more of what's good in the world then bad. So how do you make it work? Any way you can. Collect cans or something. Actually I bet if you looked at your budget you can find plenty of things to cut out. I open meal out a week with friends is at least $25.00 x 4 is $100.00. Your almost there.
I'm a certified personal trainer who can workout for free at my own gym, but I quit and gladly pay $185 per month for my Crossfit membership. I've been crossfitting since November 2010. The Crossfit gym had a Paleo Challenge called 30 Days in the Cave from April to May of this year, which is how I started Paleo. Besides law school, joining Crossfit and going Paleo have been the best decisions I've ever made.
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