I have been considering doing Crossfit for several months now. I started watching some videos of it to get a better feel for what it was exactly. Forgive me for sounding like an idiot, but it just seems like a bunch of people lifting big bars and throwing balls at walls. All jokes put aside, what other kinds of things do you do at a Crossfit gym? Is it worth 200 dollars a month or would I be better off just going for a walk?
Crossfit publishes it WOD daily on it's site, crossfit.com. You should be able to navigate backwards the last several years and you'll know exactly what to expect from the main site programming.
The benefit of going to a box and paying your money is that you'll hopefully have the assistance of a decent trainer to teach you correct and good form for all the movements. I'm sure Crossfit enthusiasts would also comment that the group environment is a good way to train, for maximum motivation and performance.
Of course you'll have to carefully vet your Crossfit box to ensure the trainers actually know their stuff, you can become lv 1 Crossfit certified from a weekend course, which allows the potential for a lot of 'wally' trainers.
I'd recommend carefully thinking about your fitness goals and then assess if Crossfit is the best vehicle to get you there.
I'm also in Ohio, and I pay closer to $100/mo. But in all honesty, if they doubled it, I'd pay it -- my gym, trainers and the community of athletes are more than worth it.
One of the common responses to CF is that it's expensive. But you have to factor in what you get for the price, vs what you get with a typical gym membership...
I've been to typical gyms, and I've been to CF. I'm never going back to typical gyms.
Pros (of my crossfit gym):
Overall, I'd say its worthwhile but perhaps not sustainable in the long-term (especially not for you as your prices seem ridiculously high). I've been introduced to several lifts I've never done before and my form has improved on all. Very easy to overdo and get burnt out, consider limiting attending classes to 2-3x/week if that's an option.
The workouts are posted for each individual gym, so, technically, you don't need to belong if you have the supplies- and since most of the workouts are body weight, you should be able to do a few of the workouts at home. But, there are other aspects I joining a Crossfit box- trainer onsite, making sure you have correct form, and the camraderie. I pay $150 a month, but its still cheaper than the $50 an hour I was paying a trainer 3x a week.
I was at a CrossFit gym for a year and a half before a couple of buddies and I left and decked out one of our garages with enough equipment to make some CF gyms envious. We have a good time. It's a fun way to workout, especially if you have a competitive streak. And while CF is fun and good for you (IMO), there are other ways to skin the exercise cat. Find what works for you, but maybe you just give it a shot for a month and see if it's worth the money. You will know pretty quickly.
P.S. very few folks actually follow the mainsite (crossfit.com) on a regular basis. You can tell from how the comments have dwindled over the years. Before choosing to follow an online site or otherwise do CF programming on you own, I would suggest trying a CF gym and learning how to do the movements properly.
Shop gyms/trainers Crossfit as a brand can be fine and dandy, or it can be an injury waiting to happen. Try to define what your priorities are, it's tough to be an educated consumer. And your needs likely will change as you learn more about your own priorities!
I admire CrossFit and find the approach really impressive.
I also think CF benefits from being a compelling alternative to the BS that passes as the mainstream gym scene. CF's functional-fitness approach is a huge breakthrough on that score alone. I continue to be amazed by the time-wasting that counts as "I go to the gym X times per week."
But CF has a cultic quality, not limited to its insistence (at least in many CF gyms) that newbies need to take a series of classes on "how to do" CF. One intro class, maybe, to learn key forms. But 4-6?
That's a dynamic of an in-group ("We're on the leading edge") movement, rather than a phenomenon that can be done by anybody, on a "scalable" basis.
Repeat: I like the content of CF. I'm there for it, 90 percent. But still, if the movements are really as "natural" as CF claims (with which I agree), then why is so much "This is how WE do it here at CF" initiation required? I took the 4-class intro and found it largely an over-stylized pitch for commonsense movements not exclusive to Cf by a long shot.
I think the mainstream fitness practice will find ways to incorporate core CF premises and practices, and CF will fade per se, though there will continue to be CF "originalists" offering what they claim to be the Real Thing. And their claims will be valid, in that what they offer will be good stuff.
Working with weights is really important, whether its body weight or otherwise! You won't build a strong muscular base by just running alone. There's a couple of sites out there that have CF style exercises using body weight only, if you want to try it out at home. Check out CrossFit mainsite, or SealGrinder: http://sealgrinderpt.com
Also, if you're into distance running, check out the CrossFit Endurance program, which mixes strength training with endurance cardio:
The price isn't sustainable for me, but I believe there is value in finding a good affiliate and going for a month here and there to learn proper form, and benefit from the energy of the group. I myself am not great about motivating myself to do metcons, and to do movements I don't enjoy (such as box jumps and burpees); going to the CF box helps me get out of my comfort zone.
Yesterdays WOD at my closest affiliate was to take 45 mins to find our max snatch- nobody else showed up for the 6pm class, so I got one-on-one training! :D
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