I’m not sure if I want to do CrossFit. Can I just drop in to try out a class?

We do not allow drop-ins to our regular group classes unless you have completed the Elements Workshop, a one-on-one introduction to CrossFit, or if you are a member of another CrossFit box who is visiting the area. Even if you are a fit and active person, our group classes are fast-paced, and are not appropriate for those who have never tried CrossFit before. Visit our Getting Started page to learn more, and enroll in a workshop or private coaching.

I’m super fit already. Do I have to do the Elements Class or start with private coaching?

Have you been regularly squatting, dead lifting, or pressing?  Have you incorporated Olympic lifts-the Snatch, and the Clean and Jerk-into your training? Or, when was the last time you climbed ropes?  We have established (high) movement standards that you must meet in order to gain entry to our ongoing group classes.  If you are competent at performing basic gymnastics movements, the power and Olympic lifts, and are already fit, then you may be a candidate for testing out.

I haven’t worked out in a really long time. Will CrossFit be too challenging for me?

No!  One of the many great things about CrossFit is that every workout can be scaled or modified to suit the fitness level of any individual.  What this means is that a new CrossFitter and a veteran CrossFitter can do the same workout, but the workout is scaled according to each athlete’s fitness level.   We teach our athletes how to scale and modify workouts in all of our element workshops, and our coaches always provide modifications in our regular group classes.   You do not need to get in shape before starting at CrossFit NEI.  That’s what we are here for.

I’m visiting from another CrossFit. Can I drop in to a class when I’m in town?

We welcome drop-in athletes at CrossFit NEI. Please visit our Pricing page to learn more.

I really want to strengthen my “core.” Will CrossFit help?

Yes!  While you will not see crunches at CrossFit NEI, we know that a weak trunk and poorly stabilized spine is the single most significant limiting factor in all human movement and sports.   To this end, our programming specifically addresses trunk or “core” strength. In-fact, all Crossfit movements start with the core, and work out to the extremities. With this approach, you won’t just look strong and fit, you will actually BE STRONG and FIT.

I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get too muscular.

The short answer is no, lifting weights will not bulk you up.  In fact, it will help you burn more calories and look better naked. It would take someone years of super-heavy lifting (Bodybuilder style) combined with a super-high caloric intake to get big and bulky, so you’re in no danger of getting “too big.”

What about cardio?

A common misconception of CrossFit is that it doesn’t produce high levels of endurance and stamina. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The widely touted measure of aerobic stamina and endurance is VO2 max – the amount of oxygenated blood your heart outputs during sustained aerobic exercise consisting of movements such as distance running or biking.  The idea that long bouts of aerobic exercise are the only way to build stamina and endurance, but this simply isn’t true.

In the same way muscles must be taken beyond their limits for growth, your ability to process oxygen must be pushed beyond your current rate.   Running at levels which lack this intensity will do little if anything to increase this ability, rather it simply trains your body to burn oxygen at it’s current rate for an extended period of time. Sure this get’s you endurance and burns calories, however the lack of intensity will not maximize your efforts which enable you to be as fit as possible.

Traditional cardio only burns energy in the body through the Oxidative pathway – energy derived from oxygen and body fat. This is the slowest form of energy consumption in the body. CrossFit approaches its training methodology to burn energy from the other two, faster burning zones: Glycolytic – blood energy, and Phosphagenic – cell Energy. Each energy zone represents a sphere to burn calories and get fit in. By combining this training in each WOD (Workout of the Day), CrossFit maximizes oxygen consumption and caloric burn as fitness levels increase in each area. Cardio training alone inhibits fitness in the other pathways, whereas this type of training will increase output for long endurance sessions. 

Still want to learn more?  CrossFit Journal.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Private coaching and physical therapy appointments must be cancelled 24 hours in advance and can be done by calling or emailing your coach directly.   Because it is very difficult for our coaches to re-book their appointment times on short notice, athletes who cancel their appointments late will be charged for the appointment.  In addition, private coaching series expire within 6 months of the first session.

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