Frequently Asked Questions
What is CrossFit?
Crossfit is the sport of fitness. It is functional training that combines high-intensity workouts of strength, power, agility, speed, and endurance in a structured and supervised environment. It is the training approach of choice for the military, police, and firemen as well as many Olympic athletes. However, it is designed to be adaptable for everyone (even children and the elderly!). The workouts are often a combination of gymnastics and weight lifting, with different modalities to challenge everyone’s fitness level. It is important to start at the beginner level to give yourself a chance to learn the different techniques before attempting the full workouts as prescribed.
I’m totally out of shape. Is CrossFit too intense for me?
No way. The beauty of CrossFit is in its universal scalability, making it suitable for everyone and anyone. Every workout can be modified to match any fitness level. And before you know it you will be doing everything as prescribed
Do I need to be in shape before starting CrossFit?
In short, no. The only requirements are that you have a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard, to learn new things, and have the desire and passion to let us help you reach your fitness goals. You will succeed and see great results. We want to coach anyone desiring to get into the best shape of their lives.
I’ve heard that CrossFit causes injuries, what’s the deal with that?
CrossFit, as performed at CrossFit Leicester Ltd, is very safe due to our three basic concepts of mechanics, consistency, and intensity. You must learn to do the movements safely and consistently before we account for varying intensity. Furthermore, you are always under the watchful eye of one of our coaches every time you step foot in the box. With all that said, we’d be ignorant to say that you can’t ever get hurt here. We don’t train to purposely hurt ourselves, but sometimes it happens; injuries are just a part of life.
Is CrossFit dangerous?
No, CrossFit is not at all dangerous. It is actually an extremely intelligent, research-driven fitness regimen that is quickly growing in popularity and changing lives across the globe. Unfortunately, not all CrossFit gyms or CrossFit coaches are the same. The CrossFit Level 1 Trainer course can be obtained by practically anyone over a span of a weekend, and we don’t believe that having just a Level 1 can make someone a coach capable of safely prescribing WODs to people. At CrossFit Leicester Ltd, we write our own programming to suit our members’ needs. We don’t just copy them off other online sources. We train our coaches with our own Coaches Intern programme which they all have to pass before they can coach solus. We don’t hire cheerleaders that just encourage people to lift heavier regardless of what their form looks like. We are strict about correct form, so if it doesn’t look pretty, we won’t let you put on any weight until it does!
What should I expect if I train with you?
Training at CrossFit Leicester Ltd will produce results. We realise how busy everyone’s lives can be and know there are other places to train, so we’re not out to waste your time. Because you are committed to us for that session, we will give you the utmost professionalism and coaching, motivate you to reach your physical potential, foster team building, camaraderie, and ensure you have fun while doing it! If you are not interested in learning new things, getting in the best shape of your life, meeting new friends, working hard, and sweating, then CrossFit Leicester Ltd might not be for you.
How quick can I expect to see results?
It is impossible to predict exact rates at which individuals may progress. Everyone progresses at different speeds and in different ways as the body make-up has the ultimate control. Progression depends first and foremost on the commitment to us and consistency in the training session, but also on gender, age, health histories, genetics, nutrition, sleep habits, life stress, work, and school. I know, I know, you’re just looking for a concrete answer. Honestly, we’ve found that about the 4-month mark is the place where most people start to really see marked results. The reason is two-fold: one, the movements we do in here are fairly high skilled and take a good amount of time to master. Two, it takes time to ingrain good workout AND nutritional habits into your daily life
What about Nutrition?
Without proper nutrition, your body will not be able to withstand the workouts or activities of daily living. Regardless of your fitness goals (increased strength, weight-loss, special race/event, etc.), nutrition is the driving force behind these ambitions. Establishing proper eating patterns will not only fuel your body for the workouts but aid in energising it throughout your day. Failing to get your nutritional intake in check will result in slowed progress with our program. The basic concept behind eating the right things in the right portions is simple: Eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruits, minimal amounts of starch and NO sugar.
What about cardio, will I need to do extra stuff outside of the gym to keep my stamina and endurance, or to burn more fat?
In short, NO. The idea/theory that you need to do slow, steady state cardio exercise in order to burn fat is long since disproven. While it does work, it is incredibly inefficient and detrimental to your overall fitness. There is a boatload of research that shows what a superior advantage anaerobic activity has over the traditional ‘cardio’ model, not just in terms of strength, speed and power output but also the ability to develop cardio capacity or ‘endurance.’ Coincidentally, the factor MOST responsible for weight loss in controlled experiments is absolute power output, or rather ‘how much work can you do in a given amount of time.’ Unfortunately, there are far too many shiny magazines and talking heads on TV/internet that seem to outweigh that proven research. It’s simply not true.
What are your drop-in fees for visiting CrossFitters?
Where do I park?
You are welcome to park in one of the spaces right in front of the building.
What do I need to bring with me?
Normal workout clothes (t-shirt, shorts, comfy shoes, or no shoes). A towel and water bottle are optional but encouraged.
I’m scared/nervous/don’t think I’ll fit in…
We’ve all been there…the ‘new kid’ in class! Everyone is always open and friendly to new-comers. We promote a family-like atmosphere of support and camaraderie amongst our members. Someone will undoubtedly take you under their wing and help you through your introductory period. Everyone remembers what it was like at their first class and we all want to see each other succeed. Most importantly, we won’t ever have you do something that you are uncomfortable with or that is too advanced for your current fitness level.
Ok, you got me…How do I get started?
It could not be more simple, just click here to book a free consultation to meet with a coach for a private 15-minute chat. No sales pressure, just a chance to see if we’re compatible.
Do you have some sort of intro to CrossFit classes ?
Yes, we do. You are welcome to have a Free Trial session of CrossFit before you register, but there will be some exercises we won’t let you do yet if you’ve never done CrossFit before. We require members that are new to CrossFit to first start with our “CrossFit Leicester On-Ramp Course” before you can sign up for any one of our memberships and attending CrossFit classes.
Do you guys offer private training too?
Yes, we do! We have many options for packages to fit different goals and budgets. Simply email email@example.com
Do you offer Free Trials?
We do. From our Free Trial session booking page, click on the “Getting Started” Menu and here you can find out more.