Am I too old/young to begin doing CrossFit?
We have CrossFit members from 10 to 80 years old. CrossFit can be adapted to meet the abilities of any age or level of fitness.
Our teens meet MW 4:30pm & 5:30pm
Our masters – we have many in different classes, but for our retired crew, they mostly come in on MWF at 9:30am.
What if I am injured?
We have worked with a number of people with significant injuries. All workouts can be scaled to account for someone’s injury or lack of mobility. Many of our athletes have found relief from back, knee, and neck pain by strengthening the muscles that support these areas. All too often people neglect exercising due to a previous injury creating a situation where they are more susceptible re-injuring the affected area. We have found that CrossFit provides people with an increase in strength and mobility that acts a buffer to future injury. Additionally, our mobility has been designed by Michael Tillman, DPT to help prevent injuries and improve mobility.
If you are coming to our area, we would love to have you drop-in with us. We request advanced email notification and registration for a drop in. Drop-in’s are only appropriate if you have previous CrossFit experience. The cost for a Drop-in is $20 cash or charge.
If you are in town for longer, we can set you up for a short term membership.
I heard that CrossFit is dangerous.
There is a certain level of danger in any exercise as well as significant danger associated with NOT doing exercise. Our business is half Physical therapy and CrossFit Cedar Park affiliated in 2007 because our owners (Head Coach and Head Physical Therapist) saw such great improvement in our clients mobility and function by utilizing CrossFit methodology.
We want each client to utilize appropriate form and technique before moving on to heavier weights. If we feel the weight you are utilizing is prohibiting you from improving your technique, we will suggest changing the weight or modifying until we see consistency in the movement patterns of the lift. After you have established the ability to have safe and consistent technique, then you will move to intensity. CrossFit never gets “easier” but the movements do start becoming safe and efficient and allow your intensity to increase and for you to work harder and longer for more results.
I need to get into shape before I start.
This is a common misunderstanding. Fitness is a life long journey. We have athletes start at all levels of conditioning. CrossFit is very efficient at improving your fitness no matter where you start. Most of our members came CrossFit after a decade or more of little to no activity. Our programming is written at an RX level and it is the responsibility of our trainers to guide or suggest modifications or scaling on movements or weights to fit each person in the class.
Can I really get a good workout in less than 60 minutes?
Absolutely yes. There is a growing volume of research on High Intensity Training (HIT) that shows the benefits of shorter and more intense workouts. We have had a number of runners, obstacle course racers, power lifters, Olympic Lifters and more that have seen an improvement in their overall and sport specific fitness after decreasing the duration but increasing the intensity of their workouts.
Not only can you get a substantial workout session in less than an hour, but with CrossFit you also learn, develop and refine an abundance of physical skills, training techniques and mobility drills. With specific teaching progressions and our focus on the science of mechanics of movement , you can increase your physical abilities with just 2-4 hours each week. It is not magic, it is hard work… and the results speak for themselves- see our testimonials page.
I am afraid that I will get too bulky.
This is a common concern for some new members. In order to get bulky you would need to do all of the following:
- Eat an extremely high calorie diet: Athletes focused on putting on muscle mass often consume in excess of 3000 calories a day.
- Spend most of your time lifting very heavy weights: While CrossFit Cedar Park members do spend some time picking up heaving weights it is only a portion of our workouts.
- Be genetically predisposed to adding muscle: Women especially, are not hormonally predisposed to add large amounts of muscle.
- Decide your goal is to put on muscle mass and work hard towards that goal.
How is CrossFit different than a typical gym?
With CrossFit, every class you come to will have a qualified coach who will guide you through a dynamic warm-up, skill or strength work, and WOD (workout of the day) with the appropriate modifications, and mobility. Your coach will ensure you are doing movements safely and efficiently while motivating you through the workout.
You will never have to guess what you are doing, or wonder which exercises to do on a given day. Our programming and workouts are unique, constantly varied and fun! So you will never get bored and will continually improve your individual fitness level.
CrossFit’s movements and methods are based upon functional movements that will help you in everyday life. CrossFit Cedar Park is a community. Members interact with one another, encourage each other and sweat together through the workout.
What if I have no time?
The great thing about CrossFit Cedar Park is that each class if only 1 hour long. Within that time your actual workout may vary from 5 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the programming on that day. Your results will come from your intensity within the workout, no need to spend 2 hours at the gym. We all have busy lives with obligations to our families and careers, but committing to 1 hr a day 3-5 times a week will dramatically improve your overall health, mental status and overall quality of life. Plus we all need social wellness, come laugh and play with some other fun adults.