Frequently Asked Questions
- What is CrossFit?
- What is a WOD?
- You post your WODs every day, why should I come into the gym versus workout on my own?
- I already have a gym membership and it is way cheaper, why should I pay this much for CrossFit?
- How can I get a good workout in only 20 minutes?
- Am I too old for CrossFit?
- I feel like I am out of shape, does this mean I shouldn’t do CrossFit?
- I have an old Rugby injury, so I probably can’t do CrossFit, right?
- Will CrossFit make me bulky?
- I am new to CrossFit, where do I start?
- What are fundamental sessions and why do I need them?
- What will I need to wear/bring to class?
- Do you have onsite locker rooms and/or showers?
- Where do I park?
- I want to drop in for a WOD and check out your box, what do I do?
- Why do you offer a discount to military, law enforcement and fire fighters?
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is an exercise training program that involves constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. It uses a broad spectrum of modalities to include Olympic lifts, gymnastics and anaerobic cardiovascular training. CrossFit workouts are scalable to all fitness levels and athletic ability. These types of workouts achieve superior results in a fraction of the time that “traditional” isolation exercises plus aerobic cardiovascular training requires.
What is a WOD?
WOD is an acronym that stands for Workout of the Day. Our programming is constantly varied which means that, aside from some of our “benchmark” workouts used to measure progress, we seldom do the same workout more than once. This not only makes every workout new and interesting, it also helps prevent your body from getting used to a particular series of exercises and plateauing.
You post your WODs every day, why should I come into the gym versus workout on my own?
CrossFit is certainly effective no matter where you train! But, while it doesn’t require any specialized equipment, we do utilize specific equipment that not every gym is going to have readily available. Also, by working out at CrossFit Hillcrest, you’ll get personal training and coaching in a group session. Finally, if you work out on your own, you’ll miss out on the community support and spirit you get during our group sessions.
I already have a gym membership and it is way cheaper, why should I pay this much for CrossFit?
Our classes are limited in size and are led by an experienced trainer, so you get personal training and coaching in a group setting. This leads to much faster and more effective results. If your current gym membership and pricing structure are working for you, that’s awesome – probably no need to change what you’re doing.
How can I get a good workout in only 20 minutes?
The intensity and effectiveness of a workout is measured by the power that is generated. Power is the amount of work done over time. You do the same amount of work walking up a flight of stairs as you do running up the same flight of stairs, but you take less time (and generate more power) when you run. That’s why it wears you out! This is the same philosophy we’ve adopted in CrossFit: our workouts are short in duration, but high in intensity. Because you are constantly moving, you will get better results in a 20 minute CrossFit workout than you would in your typical 60 minute Globo Gym workout.
Am I too old for CrossFit?
No. CrossFit is suitable for all ages, from kids to grandparents. Our focus is on functional movement – motions your body naturally uses. Visualize picking up a sack of cat food off the ground and placing it on a shelf above your head. All of our exercises are geared towards making your body naturally stronger, faster and more flexible in the ways it normally moves. And all of our exercises are scalable, which means if you can’t lift 135 pounds during one of our workouts, we’ll tailor the workout and assign you a weight you can safely lift.
I feel like I am out of shape, does this mean I shouldn’t do CrossFit?
No, this means you absolutely need to! CrossFit is designed to meet the physical training needs of Olympic athletes and elite sports professionals, but it is also designed to meet the physical training needs of normal people as well, regardless of their current physical condition. This is because those needs are identical – everyone needs to have agility, generate power and have cardio-respiratory fitness, for example – they just differ in degree. We scale our workouts for all fitness levels to ensure you get a safe, effective, efficient workout.
I have an old Rugby injury, so I probably can’t do CrossFit, right?
There are very few injuries that CrossFit can’t accommodate. For temporary injuries, our trainers can modify and personalize the WOD to each individual on a daily basis. For more permanent injuries, we’ll be happy to work with you to come up with long-term modifications to, and substitutions for, the exercises that are giving you trouble. We do offer personal training as another option for achieving your health and fitness goals.
Will CrossFit make me bulky?
The short answer: probably not. The longer answer: everyone has a gene called GDF-8 that controls your levels of myostatin, which in turn controls the amount of muscle an individual can develop. The base levels of myostatin in almost all women, and in most men, makes it impossible to build big, bulky muscles via any form of exercise. However, you will develop lean muscle mass and lose some stored body fat, so you might find your existing muscles to be more toned and more obvious.
I am new to CrossFit, where do I start?
On our Getting Started page.
What are fundamental sessions and why do I need them?
CrossFit has evolved over the years to incorporate both Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics movements, as these are highly efficient and effective exercises that translate well into high intensity functional movement. And while these exercises are easily learned, they can sometimes be challenging for the beginner. Rather than impact our experienced CrossFitters by teaching and reteaching the basic movements during our regularly scheduled classes, we require those new to CrossFit to take four fundamentals personal training sessions so they’ll have the requisite knowledge to safely and effectively integrate themselves when they start doing scheduled WODs.
What will I need to wear/bring to class?
Wear clothes that allow you to move across your full range of motion, and bring a water bottle and a towel. And while all types of athletic shoes can be worn, we highly recommend flat-soled non-running shoes, as they provide greater stability when performing some of our exercises.
Do you have onsite locker rooms and/or showers?
We do NOT have showers at this time, though we are hoping to be able to provide them in the future. We do not have secure locker rooms, but we do have places to store your gear where you can see it while you are working out. We do have dressing rooms for you to change in.
Where do I park?
We’re in Hillcrest; like most businesses, we don’t have any dedicated parking and the limited street parking is generally metered and highly competitive. Non-metered street parking can be found on side streets, or further south on 6th Ave, and there are several pay-to-park lots in the vicinity that you can use.
I want to drop in for a WOD and check out your box, what do I do?
We offer three free drop-ins per year for folks who are thinking of joining, and one free drop-in per year for out of towners visiting San Diego (we’re old school like that – love WODding with guests!). All we ask is that you RSVP for the class of your choice via the link on our website (and maybe give us a shout out on Yelp). Additional drop-ins are $15 each.
Why do you offer a discount to military, law enforcement and fire fighters?
Their jobs require them to operate at peak levels of fitness and be ready for demanding, stressful, unforeseeable situations. Our training helps give them the physical skills they need to protect and defend our freedoms both at home and abroad, keep our communities safe, and effectively function as the first to arrive at the scene of an accident or disaster.